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Babies and children with strabismus should be checked right away to prevent amblyopia, which results in loss of vision and depth perception, due to the misaligned eye. Amblyopia can occur even if the eye is only slightly misaligned, because a developing child's brain will stop communicating with that eye, shutting it off. This is why amblyopia is sometimes referred to as "lazy eye".
Unfortunately, it isn't always easy for parents to tell if a child's eyes are misaligned, particularly in those children with a mild case of strabismus. If your child is showing any of the following signs and symptoms of strabismus, schedule an appointment for an eye exam with an ophthalmologist:
Experts don’t completely understand the cause of strabismus, but it results from the failure of the eye muscles to work together. Idiopathic (resulting from an unknown cause) strabismus is the most common type. Other conditions can also cause strabismus:
Risk factors for strabismus may include the following:
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