Strabismus, or “cross eyes”, is also known as squint, wall eyed, or wandering eye. Strabismus is generally a medical term for misalignment of eyes. Probable causes include damaged optic nerve, weak eye muscles or there could be a problem in the part of the brain that controls the eye muscles.
It is often thought that strabismus is due to some disorder in the brain, but strabismus also occurs after a stroke or traumatic injury.
According to experts 4 percent of adults suffer from strabismus. Crossed eye has always been thought of as a childhood disorder, but an equal percentage of adults also suffer from this condition. Experts say that most people with such disorder have low self-esteem, problems with employment and face problems with relationships and marriage.
Crossed eyes discrimination is prevalent in every part of the world. According to recent studies conducted by the Baylor College of Medicine, people who have strabismus often face discrimination. According to another study published in November 2001 issue of the journal of the American Association of Pediatric ophthalmology, it has been found that children as young as 6 begin to face discrimination because of their eye condition.
Crossed eyes discrimination is not limited to schools or colleges. It is also prevalent in recruitment and jobs. According to a study led by Dr. Coats in February 2000, women with normal alignment were preferred over women suffering from cross eyes for certain jobs.
According to Coats, adults suffering from cross eyes usually experience problems in their social life and where their employment is concerned. These people have problems with their jobs, relationships or looking directly into another person's eyes when they speak to them.
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