Other Conditions That Can Be Confused With Strabismus
A child may appear to have strabismus, or crossed eyes, when in fact
the eyes are properly aligned. This is called pseudoesotropia (sometimes also called pseudostrabismus).
Typically, a child with pseudoesotropia has a wide, flat bridge of
the nose and a large fold of skin near the upper inside corner of the eye that
hides part of the white of the eye. Although the eye is aligned with the other
eye, the fold of skin makes the eye look as if it is turning inward.
Eye fatigue or eye strain is a common and annoying condition. The symptoms include tired, itching, and burning eyes.
Eye fatigue is rarely a serious condition. Common sense precautions at home, work, and outdoors may help prevent or reduce eye fatigue.
But sometimes eye fatigue is a sign of an underlying condition that may need medical treatment. If eye fatigue persists despite taking simple precautions, see your doctor. This is especially important if your eye fatigue is associated with heada...
An eye exam by a doctor will show that the child's eyes are looking
at the same point at the same time. Pseudoesotropia does not need treatment and
the appearance of crossed eyes will usually go away as the child grows older.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
March 14, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 14, 2011
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