What is the rare eye disease she was born with?

Lady Louise Windsor, 18, was born with a rare eye condition called esotropia, or ‘strabismus’. (Getty Images)

Lady Louise Windsor was thrust back into the nation’s spotlight this week after her recent A-level success won her a place at St Andrews University in Scotland.

Louise, 18, granddaughter of the Queen and daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will study English at the same university as her older cousin, Prince William, who graduated from a prestigious institution in 2005.

Louise has made several public appearances in recent months, most recently accompanying her parents and younger brother, James, Viscount Severn, to the Commonwealth Games swimming events in Birmingham.

She also took part in several events to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, including the Trooping the Color parade, after which she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Those who don’t follow the Royal Family closely might not know that Louise – who is one of the most rarely seen family members – was born with a rare eye condition called esotropia, or ‘strabismus’.

What is esotropia?

Esotropia is a condition that causes people’s eyes to look in different directions.

Although in many cases it can come and go without bothering the victim too much, it can cause problems if it happens all the time and is not treated.

Louise has undergone surgeries to repair her eyes, including one that failed, and her mother, Sophie, has previously opened up about her daughter’s condition.

“Premature babies can often squint because the eyes are the last thing in the baby package to really be finalized,” she said. The Sunday Express.

“Her strabismus was quite deep when she was little and it takes time to correct it.

“You have to make sure one eye doesn’t become more dominant than the other, but she’s fine now – her eyesight is perfect.”

Louise had her first operation to correct her eyesight in January 2006, but it was unsuccessful and her strabismus persisted until she was 10 when she was able to correct it.

According to the NHS, “it is important not to ignore a strabismus that happens all the time or occurs after the age of 3 months”.

Strabismus can also occur for a number of reasons. Common triggers for the condition are developmental issues or genetic conditions, but it can also develop as a way for the eyes to try to overcome nearsightedness and nearsightedness.

If left untreated, it can lead to persistent double or blurred vision, as well as lazy eye which can impair sight.

Surgery is one way to treat the condition, but doctors often recommend using glasses or doing regular eye exercises.

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