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Living with Strabismus

Physically-challenged persons with disabilities like strabismus do not solicit sympathy; rather, they need sensitivity.

 How do you know if your vision is blurred, for you have never seen more?
– a Turkish saying

The word for the condition is “strabismus”. Physicians, as is their wont, use a different term to camouflage it under some veil of esoterica – heterotropia – as if the first appellation is not esoteric enough. Commoners have more than one word to choose from: squint-eyed, cross-eyed, lazy-eyed. Medical journals define it as a “condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other”.

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