Strabismus is a condition in which both eyes look in different directions. It is found more commonly in children and can occur at any age. It is caused mainly due to the extraocular muscles; the muscles that are responsible for controlling the movements of the eye do not function properly. Both the eyes cannot coordinate evenly, which makes binocular vision impossible, making it difficult for the person to evaluate depth perception.

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My daughter has been diagnosed with ocular toxoplasmosis in addition to vasovagal syncope and strabismus in both the eyes. Is all this related?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter has recently been diagnosed with ocular toxoplasmosis. We do not know if it is congenital. She was born with strabismus in her right eye and now slightly in her left eye. She also has been diagnosed with vasovagal syncope. Is this all related? Should I have her checked by an in...  Read Full »

Dr. Archana

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern but it is difficult to find out that diagnosis when the baby is born. Kindly get IgG and IgM antibodies for toxoplasma so that we will know how long she has been infected and also get blood culture and sensitivity reports to give antibiotics and pl...  Read Full »

I can see only low white light. Will squint surgery help me?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. My left eye is not entirely blind, but if I watch a powerful light, I just see a low white light. This problem is about 23 years. Is it due to retinal detachment and it has become squint heavily. I repaired my detachment with scleral buckle nine months ago, and it...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandrashekhar Kale

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You can undergo squint correction surgery in your left eye. However, this will purely be a cosmetic surgery. There will be no improvement in your left eye vision. Also, there will be a possibility of recurrence of squint in left eye after surgery, as the eye is...  Read Full »

My age is 26. I have crossed eyes/squint eyes. Suggest me any solution.

Query: Hi, My age is 26 years. I have crossed eyes problem. Can it be brought back to normal by a surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. N. Sathian

Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query at We have to check whether your vision is equal in both the eyes.If the vision is equal in both the eyes and the problem is only with the Squint Eyes(Crossed eye/Strabismus), then it can be brought back to normal by a surgery.If the vision is bad or...  Read Full »

What is the reason for having double vision and is it preventable?

Query: Hi doctor, I experienced double vision in a 100-mile trail run around 18 hours into the race. The double vision cleared after 20 minutes of closing my eyes in the medical tent. After a week, I saw an ophthalmologist who did a few tests and concluded that it was eye fatigue. I experienced double vis...  Read Full »

Dr. Rasmi Abo Touk Rifai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you have phoria (not strabismus) and the fatigue in eye muscle cause double vision. I advise you to decrease the effort. Take good time to rest and use vitamin B (1,6,12) and keep your vision good (always about 20/20) by glasses or without any problem in y...  Read Full »

Will strabismus recur even after surgical treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, I have strabismus. My right eye is squinting again and is mostly turned off by my brain. My left eye is the dominant eye, and I noticed a blind spot last year. But my right eye has also become narrower. I went to the ophthalmologist several times and had a visual test twice. Luckily t...  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, concerning the blind spot, this had to be evaluated with a diagnostic test that evaluates your vision field and not based on symptoms. On the other hand, strabismus can evolve from discrepancies in your refraction and a significant difference between th...  Read Full »

Will cross-eye in a 5-week-old baby resolve on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 5 weeks old. Yesterday, I used a cotton bud to remove an eyelash in the corner of his eye. It was right inside the edge of the eye. I did pull outwards to try and get it out. I did this for about two minutes before it finally came out. The next day his eyes are crossed. Th...  Read Full »

Dr. Arnab Pal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the pictures of your baby (attachment removed to protect patient identity). He is really super cute. Now coming back to your query about your child's eyes, let me assure you god has not made our eyes so weak. Please do not beat yourself up by thinking that suc...  Read Full »

I have strabismus and is slightly misaligned while looking straight or in other direction. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I believe I have mild strabismus, however, it is not very obvious when looking straight ahead but the minute I try to focus on something, or look in another direction (without moving my head) you can clearly see that my right eye is slightly misaligned. Is this something that can be c...  Read Full »

Dr. Arnab Pal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is an elaborate and well-detailed query. Now coming back to the clinical condition, if I am correctly understanding it, your right eye seems to deviate outwards towards your ears only when you try to focus on near objects. Right? But they are straight when looki...  Read Full »

Why does my vision get blurry while trying to focus with strabismus?

Query: Hi doctor, I developed strabismus when I was younger and recently I started doing eye exercises to the point where I can now hold my eyes in a straight position. However, I cannot focus on anything. My only way of seeing is still by using the eyes separately and due to the eye exercises I also need...  Read Full »

Dr. Arnab Pal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your ailment. I guess your eyes turn outwards. This condition is called intermittent divergent squint. Generally, it remains stable, but sometimes the frequency of getting deviated increases with time like what you are experiencing. I would advise...  Read Full »

I fear that my ptosis and strabismus cannot be corrected. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I am working in software field. I do have problems of ptosis and strabismus in my left eye since birth. I am not able to see with this eye until I forcefully close my right (dedicated) eye. I got operated for ptosis when I was 11, and it got recovered a lot. But,...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have double elevator palsy. It is also known as monocular elevation deficit with ptosis. You are right in saying that superior rectus and inferior oblique muscles are non-functioning. The only treatment is surgery. We operate squint first, and Knapp surgery is require...  Read Full »

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