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What Causes Strabismus?

Be Eye Wise and learn that strabismus is a lack of coordination between the two eyes. This results in the appearance of misaligned eyes sometimes referred to as “crossed eyes.” The ultimate result is that eyes cannot focus on objects correctly, and can cause double vision, vision in only one eye, or perhaps, diminished depth perception.

Most strabismus starts in childhood and often there is no clear cause. Strabismus is a vision development issue, not just cosmetic. Strabismus may be related to the need for eyeglasses, patching, or surgery.

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While less common, strabismus can be found in adults. Causes of strabismus in adults can be related to:

Treating Strabismus:

Strabismus treatment depends on the cause of the misalignment and your unique needs. This may include eyeglasses (with or without prism) or patching. Some conditions may self-correct with these treatments. If this treatment is ineffective, strabismus surgery may be performed to strengthen or loosen the muscles that move the eye.

With a limited number of eye alignment specialists in the Midwest who are skilled at performing strabismus surgery for both adults and children, we’re grateful to have both Dr. Freeman and Dr. Decanini at Northwest Eye.  Be Eye Wise and schedule a consultation with a Northwest Eye pediatric doctor today.”

Pseudostrabismus Symptoms & Causes

Can all eyes be aligned book

Be Eye Wise and understand that pseudostrabismus is a condition that makes it appear as though the eyes are misaligned when in reality, they are fine. Noticed in children, pseudostrabismus is caused by a wide, flat nose and a fold of skin at the inner eyelid that can make eyes appear crossed.

In essence, pseudostrabismus is an optical illusion, but only a trained doctor can accurately identify pseudostrabismus from true strabismus.

Symptoms of pseudostrabismus can be:

  • The appearance of misaligned eyes

Causes of pseudostrabismus can be:

  • A wide, flat nose
  • A fold of skin at the inner eyelid

Treatment of pseudostrabismus:

  • Time and child growth.

To learn all you can about pseudostrabismus, Be Eye Wise and schedule an appointment with a Northwest Eye doctor. Because the more you know, the better you see.


Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd.,
Suite 100 & 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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