Strabismus is a condition where the eyes are not correctly aligned. While one eye looks directly at the viewed object, the other eye will be turned inward, outward, upward or downward. It is one of the most common eye conditions in children, but it can also occur in adults.
It is commonly known as “crossed” or “turned” eyes, and sometimes it is intermittent and only noticeable when a child is tired. Often caused by problems with the muscles or nerves controlling the eye, strabismus should be investigated as early as possible, as it is a condition that children will not outgrow. Apart from the vision problems it causes, strabismus can also cause significant issues with self-esteem, as both children and adults with the condition feel very self-conscious about how they appear when having eye contact with other people.