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Strabismus in Children



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

Eye Anatomy

Common signs and symptoms of strabismus:

  • Your child has an eye that wanders or turns in, out, down, or up.
  • Your child says his eyes hurt or are tired after reading or focusing on an object.
  • Your child looks at you with one eye closed or his head turned to the side.
  • Your child has headaches.
  • Your child has blurred vision, double vision, or increased sensitivity to bright lights.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child loses vision in his eye.
  • Your child has a severe headache, dizziness, or vomiting.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has blurred or double vision.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.


  • An eye patch over your child's stronger eye may be needed. This will help your child's weaker eye to work more and get stronger.
    Eye Patch
  • Eye exercises help improve your child's eye movement and focus. Ask the healthcare provider about the best eye exercises for him.
  • Eyeglasses can help your child's eyes work together.
  • Surgery may be done to change the length or position of your child's eye muscles. This will help to straighten his eyes.

Follow up with your child's ophthalmologist as directed:

Take your child for regular eye exams every 6 to 12 months. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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