PSEUDOSTRABISMUS

 

 

Very often, parents will believe that their child's eyes are crossing, that is, that their child has a true strabismus, when, in reality, there is none. The most common reason is due to a condition known as pseudostrabismus. As you can see in the above photograph, this child appears to have inward turning eyes. If you look closely, however, you will see that he has a wide bridge of the nose and a fold of skin on either side of the nose, known as an epicanthal fold. This skin hides part of the white of the eye so when one looks at the eyes, a lot of white is seen toward the ear side of the eyes, but none or very little is seen towards the nose side, thus giving the impression of inward turning eyes. With time, as the nose grows, these folds become less prominent. Therefore, with increasing age, the condition should always look like it's getting better, never worse.

Of course, this child has the same chance as any child of developing a true strabismus, so if the you think that the condition is getting worse, you should schedule an appointment for your child. Also, just because a child has pseudostrabismus, it does not mean that there cannot be a true strabismus too. Dr. Kronwith will thoroughly examine your child's eyes to rule this out, along with any other problems.