Pseudostrabismus is when your baby's eyes look like they are pointing in different directions even though they are straight. This is not the same as strabismus. Strabismus is a condition in which your child's eyes actually point in different directions because of a problem with the muscles around his eyes.
Babies often have a wide, flat nose bridge that can make their eyes look crossed. Also, babies can have folds in the skin of the inner eyelids that cover the inner white part of their eyes, making their eyes look crossed. Your baby’s eyes may look more crossed when he looks to one side.
At age 2 months if your baby looks like his eyes are crossed, he should be checked by an eye care provider. Your healthcare provider will ask about your baby's symptoms, medical history, and activities, and examine your baby's eyes. Your provider may cover one of your baby's eyes and then the other to test your baby’s vision and ability to follow objects with each eye.
No treatment is needed for pseudostrabismus. It does not affect your child’s vision. As your child gets older the eyes will appear straight.
If your child has strabismus, he needs to be treated as soon as possible so that he can develop normal vision. Treatment that starts after the age of 6 years may improve your child's appearance but does not always help vision problems.
Pseudostrabismus cannot be prevented.