Strabismus – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Strabismus is an eye condition in which both eyes fail to maintain proper alignment and work together as a team. A person with strabismus has one eye that looks directly at the object that the person is viewing, while the other eye is misaligned inward (esotropia or crossed eyes), outward (exotropia), upward (hypertropia), or downward (hypotropia).

Strabismus can be constant or intermittent. The misalignment also might always affect the same eye or the two eyes may take turns being misaligned. In order to avoid double vision from congenital and early childhood strabismus, the brain ignores the visual input from the misaligned eye, which usually results in amblyopia or lazy eye in that eye.

The most common cause of strabismus is heredity. In fact, around 30 percent of children with the condition have a family member with a similar problem. When it is not heredity, there is usually no specific reason to explain why it occurs. However, there are other conditions associated with strabismus. These include cerebral palsy, down syndrome, hydrocephalus, brain tumors, uncorrected farsightedness, stroke, head injuries, neurological problems, and Graves’ disease.

Known symptoms of strabismus

The signs of strabismus may include crossed eyes, double vision, eyes that do not aim in the same direction, uncoordinated eye movements, and loss of vision or depth perception.

Body systems harmed by strabismus

The body system harmed by strabismus is the ocular system.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent strabismus

There is no information on what foods or nutrients exactly prevent strabismus. However, there are foods that support eye health. These include fish, eggs, almonds, dairy, carrots, kale, and oranges.

Treatments, management plans for strabismus

Treatment options for strabismus include treatment of amblyopia if present, eyeglasses or contact lenses, eye exercise, and surgery to align the eyes.

Where to learn more

Summary

Strabismus is an eye condition in which both eyes fail to maintain proper alignment and work together as a team.

Strabismus causes crossed eyes, double vision, eyes that do not aim in the same direction, uncoordinated eye movements, and loss of vision or depth perception.

Strabismus harms the ocular system.

Treatment options for strabismus include treatment of amblyopia if present, eyeglasses or contact lenses, eye exercise, and surgery to align the eyes.

Sources include:

AllAboutVision.com

My.ClevelandClinic.org

MedlinePlus.gov

Healthline.com

MSDManuals.com



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