The main sign of strabismus is an eye that is not straight. Sometimes children will squint one eye in bright sunlight or tilt their head to use their eyes together.
The eyes of infants often appear to be crossed, though actually they are not. This condition is called pseudostrabismus. Young children often have a wide, flat nose and a fold of skin at the inner eyelid that can make eyes appear crossed. This appearance of pseudostrabismus may improve as the child grows. A child will not outgrow true strabismus.
An ophthalmologist can distinguish true strabismus and pseudostrabismus.
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