How can one prevent Crossed Eyes or Strabismus?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 20, 2012

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  • Ony complications of strabismus can be prevented, not the condition.
  • Children must be screened for eye health before age 6 months, regularly.
  • Children should be monitored closely during infancy and the preschool years.
  • Eating healthy is equally important.

Strabismus cannot be prevented. However, complications of strabismus can be prevented if the problem is detected early and treated properly. Children should be monitored closely during infancy and the preschool years to detect potential eye problems, particularly if a relative has strabismus.


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The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend that at a minimum all children be screened for eye health before age 6 months, regularly during each check-up, and again between 3 and 5 years of age by a pediatrician, family practitioner or ophthalmologist.

Routine eye check

Routine vision screening for young children includes testing for strabismus, usually using the light reflex for infants, and cover testing for preschool-age children. Some health care professionals screen for vision problems with a special camera that takes instant pictures of a child's eyes. Crescents of light reflected off the eyes can indicate strabismus or other eye problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness and cataracts.


Eat for Good Vision

Eye protection starts from your plate. To maintain good eye health, you need nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These nutrients also ward off most of the eye-related problems. Include green, leafy vegetable, fish foods, eggs, nuts, beans, Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices in your diet to keep eyes from eye problems. A well-balanced diet is key to maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes which is associated with eye conditions.


It’s difficult to figure out if or when your child needs to see an eye care provider. But most experts agree that eye exams that eye check should be done during regular health checks. This helps protect your child’s vision and provide useful information about his or her eye health.


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