Pseudostrabismus

This is not a disorder per se, but a physical feature which leads to the false appearance of misalignment. A distinction between the two is diagnosed by determining whether the light reflexes from each eye are centered. In true strabismus, the light reflexes do not fall on the same position of each eye.

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What are the symptoms of pseudostrabismus?

The eyes appear to wander out but are actually straight. It is also often due to facial structures especially in children with wide set eyes. The wide bridge of the nose and small folds of eyelid skin on the nasal side of the eye contribute to this appearance by covering the “white” of the eye on that side. This is especially noticed when the infant looks to the right or left.


Is pseudostrabismus contagious?

No


How long does pseudostrabismus last?

As the child grows, this appearance of being cross-eyed disappears. It is usually much less of an illusion by the time the baby is walking.


How long does pseudostrabismus last?

As the child grows, this appearance of being cross-eyed disappears. It is usually much less noticeable by the time the baby is walking.


Treatment

Pseudostrabismus does not require treatment and the appearance tends to improve with time. As facial features mature, the widened nasal bridge tends to narrow.