Crossed eyes and children

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Crossed eyes and children

If your child has crossed eyes, the eye turns in, you need to go to a pediatric opthamologist immediately because crossed eyes can mean a lot of things. One, it disrupts use of the eyes together, and you can lose depth perception. Number two, crossed eyes may mean that the child's not seeing well out of that eye and there may be something even more ominous such as even a tumor behind the eye. So, you don't know that just by looking at the crossed eyes. You know something is wrong, and something's wrong, you need to see a pediatric opthamologist immediately. The other thing is that, let's say, everything's okay, it's just crossed eyes, it's a muscle problem, the sooner you straighten the eyes, the better the chances the child can use the eyes again together. The longer you wait, the less the chance that you can regain use of the eyes together.
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Kenneth Wright, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

A caring physician, Dr. Kenneth Wright is devoted to the health of children’s eyes. He is an internationally respected pediatric ophthalmologist, and is included in “The Best Doctors in America” and “Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.”  Dr. Wright is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.  He has developed novel surgical techniques for pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.  Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Boston University and fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Johns-Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC.  Following his fellowships, he then accepted a full-time faculty member position at USC School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he served for 10 years.  He was later appointed Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, before returning home to Los Angeles to establish a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus center of excellence.  

Dr. Wright has authored of over 100 published scientific papers, seven textbooks including his renowned textbook, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and has lectured worldwide.  He founded the non-profit Wright Foundation with a mission to reduce blindness and suffering in children with eye disorders through research, education, and clinical care. He has established a pediatric eye clinic for underprivileged children.  Important to the Wright Center is the principle that patient care always comes first.  

An interesting personal note is that Dr. Wright’s youngest son developed crossed eyes as an infant requiring surgery and Dr. Wright operated on his own son.  The outcome was excellent and years later his son served in the United States Marine Corps as a top marksman.

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