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Can children outgrow crossed or misaligned eyes?

It is unusual for a toddler to grow out of crossing. Such a child should have a complete eye examination, including pupillary dilation to determine the cause and treatment. This exam should be performed by a pediatric ophthalmologist or a comprehensive ophthalmologist.
Children do not outgrow crossed eyes. A child whose eyes are misaligned may develop poor vision in one eye because the brain will “turn off” or ignore the image from the misaligned or lazy eye. The unused or misaligned eye will not develop good vision unless it is forced to work. This is usually accomplished by patching the stronger eye.
Children who appear to have misaligned eyes should be examined by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. In general, the earlier misaligned eyes are diagnosed and treated, the better. Treatment may include patching, eyeglasses, eyedrops, surgery or a combination of these methods.

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