Symptoms of Strabismus

In both childhood and adulthood strabismus, the most obvious symptom is a misalignment or turning of the eye. In some patients the misalignment can be more subtle, but strabismus can cause symptoms such as:

  • Double vision that improves when one eye is covered
  • Eyestrain
  • Image shifting
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Difficulty holding a position on a page when reading

Some children can learn to ignore the eye with strabismus, avoiding double vision, but that can lead to amblyopia, more commonly known as lazy eye. Amblyopia should be treated as early as possible to help the two eyes learn to work together.