Strabismus, or turned eyes, is the inability to point both eyes in the same direction at the same time. The eye turn may occur constantly or only occasionally. Eye-turns may change from one eye to the other or may only appear when a person is tired or has done a lot of reading. Strabismus may cause double vision. To avoid seeing double, vision in one eye may be ignored resulting in a lazy eye (amblyopia).
In most cases the problem does not improve as the child grows. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the eye-turn, and may include; glasses, vision therapy, or eye muscle surgery. While eye surgery can cosmetically straighten the eyes, a program of Vision Therapy is often necessary to restore full visual function and prevent the eye-turn from returning.