Sometimes called “crossed-eyes” or “walleye,” strabismus often begins when a child is very young and is usually the result of a problem with neuromuscular, including brain, control of eye movement, or less often, the actual eye muscle.
Patient and family education is important to us. Here you can view trusted insights from KidsHealth.org, the No. 1 most viewed health site for children, created by the experts at Nemours. We've also provided information from some of the most respected non-profit organizations.
shows no improvement in 2 or 3 days if treated, or a week if untreated
has eye redness that worsens
has increasing swelling of the eyelids
complains of severe pain
experiences any change in vision
shows sensitivity to light
has ear pain (pinkeye and ear infections can happen at the same time)
Wash hands well and often, especially after touching eyes. Don't allow sharing of washcloths, towels, and pillowcases. Talk to your doctor if itchy, watery, or red eyes are a frequent problem — allergies might be the cause.
If certain household things seem to irritate the eyes, try:
dusting and vacuuming often
closing windows and doors when pollen is heavy
keeping scented or irritating chemicals (like household cleaners) to a minimum