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Eye problems: Falsely misaligned eyes

This condition, found in infants, usually resolves by itself over time.

Falsely misaligned eyes, also called pseudostrabismus, is a condition found in infants.

Infants with the condition appear to have crossed eyes when the eyes are truly straight.

The cause for this is a wide bridge of the nose between the eyes or extra folds of skin between the nose and the inside of the eye.

Most children outgrow this, but parents should contact a doctor for an exam.

A pediatric eye doctor can tell whether the child has pseudostrabismus, or if the eyes are truly crossed.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Reviewed 3/13/2023

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