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What complications are associated with strabismus?

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Because the eyes focus in two different areas, the brain receives two different images. To make up for this, your baby's brain ignores the image from the crossed eye and processes only the image from the stronger eye. This can affect her depth perception. It can also lead to amblyopia, or lazy eye. This happens when the crossed eye doesn't develop good eyesight or even loses vision. About one-third of children with strabismus get amblyopia.

From: Eye Problems in Premature Babies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Are Preterm Births on the Decline in the United States? Recent Data from the National Vital Statistics System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Premature Baby."

PubMedHealth: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Retinopathy of Prematurity."

KidsHealth.org: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Infantile Estropia."

GetEyeSmart.org: "What Is Strabismus?"

MedLinePlus: "Strabismus."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Are Preterm Births on the Decline in the United States? Recent Data from the National Vital Statistics System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Caring for Your Premature Baby."

PubMedHealth: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Retinopathy of Prematurity."

KidsHealth.org: "Retinopathy of Prematurity."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Infantile Estropia."

GetEyeSmart.org: "What Is Strabismus?"

MedLinePlus: "Strabismus."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on January 17, 2018

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