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Health Tip: Reasons for Crossed Eyes

Some common causes

(HealthDay News) -- Strabismus, or crossed eyes, occurs when one eye is turned too far in one direction. Symptoms often are evident at birth, and are usually corrected if treated by about the age of 5 months.

The University of Illinois Eye Center lists these common causes of strabismus:

  • Heredity.
  • High degree of farsightedness.
  • Vision loss in one eye, usually a result of disease.
  • Nerve damage to muscles in the eye.
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