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Strabismus In Adults



is a condition that causes each of your eyes to look in different directions. Your eye muscles do not work together properly to control the movement of your eyes. Strabismus is also called squint, crossed eye, or walleye. This condition may only occur sometimes, or it may be present all the time.

Lateral cut-away of the Right Eye

Common signs and symptoms of strabismus:

  • An eye that wanders or turns in, out, down, or up
  • Crossed eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Increased sensitivity to bright light

Seek care immediately if:

  • You lose your vision in one or both eyes.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses can help your eyes work together.
  • Eye exercises help improve your eye movement and focus. Ask your healthcare provider about the best eye exercises for you.
  • Surgery may be done to change the length or position of your eye muscles. This will help your eyes look in the same direction at the same time.

Follow up with your ophthalmologist as directed:

You may need eye exams every 6 to 12 months, or more often. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.