A common misconception is that children with cross-eye (esotropia) outgrow the condition, but this is generally not the case. This belief stems from confusion between true strabismus and what is known as pseudostrabismus, or false strabismus.
A child with pseudostrabismus has broad folds of skin that partially cover the top of each eye and a flat nasal bridge that creates the illusion of crossed eyes. As the child ages and the skin fold becomes less apparent, the condition becomes less noticeable. When a child's eyes are truly crossed, it is always a serious condition and requires the care of an ophthalmologist.
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