What is Strabismus?

Strabismus is known as "crossed eyes" in layman's terms. Simply put, strabismus is a condition where a person's eyes do not line up in the same line of sight.

This condition can occur in adults as well as children. In children, this condition is usually congenital and occurs soon after birth. Some types of strabismus are paralytic while others affect vision. The different types depend on which muscle is affected.

Alternative Names

Along with crossed eyes, strabismus is also called by other names.

  • Exotropia
  • Esotropia
  • Walleye
  • Squint
  • Lazy eye
  • Hypotropia
  • Misalignment of the eyes
  • Comitant strabismus
  • Noncomitant strabismus

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