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What causes strabismus in adults?

Most adults with strabismus have had the condition since childhood. However, strabismus can also begin in adulthood due to medical problems, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease (Graves’ disease)
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Brain tumors
  • Head trauma
  • Strokes

Occasionally, misalignment of the eyes can also occur after surgery on or around the eye, such as cataract surgery or retinal surgery, due to damage to the eye muscles during surgery.

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