Pseudostrabismus

Pseudostrabismus, or epicanthal folds, is a common condition seen in babies. When the facial bones are immature, there can be a lid fold in the nasal aspect of the eyelid, which can cover the white part of the eye in toward the nose. Therefore, it can give the appearance of the eye turning when it is actually the lid fold. This is a commonly seen condition in babies and is normal. However, a pediatrician will sometimes refer to rule out a true eye misalignment problem. As the child’s facial bones do mature, the eyelid fold disappears and the situation resolves.

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