Crossed Eyes – How Can It Be Treated

Crossed Eyes – How Can It Be Treated

Crossed Eyes - How Can It Be Treated

By Sharp Sight , Ophthalmology

Crossed eye occurs when your eyes are not able to align correctly. Crossed eye, also called as strabismus in medical terms, most often occurs in children. It happens when the brain and the eye muscles stop communicating correctly as a result of which eyes get skewed. Intermittent strabismus is common among babies under six months of age wherein they suffer from infrequent crossed eye.

If it is left untreated the condition can deteriorate gradually leading to many other physical conditions like double vision, frustration, headache etc. Besides this, there is also a high risk of nearsightedness in children suffering from strabismus.

Some common types of crossed eye include:

Exotropia – Eyes diverse on the outside.

Large-angle – Major misalignment of the eyes.

Hypertropia – The eyes diverge upwardly.

Esotropia – The eyes turn inwardly.

Small Angle – There is a minor misalignment of the eyes.

Duane’s Syndrome – The patient suffers from difficulty in moving the eyes tangentially.


1. Family history – If your parents or siblings have strabismus, you are more likely to suffer from the ailment.

2. Medical Conditions – You can be at a higher risk of developing strabismus, in case you are suffering from some medical conditions such as Cerebral palsy or Down syndrome.

3. Refractive Error – An untreated farsightedness can sometimes lead to strabismus.


1. Vision Therapy

Visual activities prescribed by your optometrist to enhance eye coordination can help to a great extent. Vision therapy helps your eyes and brain to function cohesively.

2. Surgery

Surgery changes the muscles around the eyes so as to make them appear aligned.

3. Prism Lenses

Prism can eliminate the turning of the eyes. It adjusts the light entering your eyes and reduces how much the eye should turn in order to view the object.