Squint, also by its medical name, strabismus, is a common eye problem in children where the eyes do not line up perfectly together in the direction of sight. It is a condition that can be present right from birth or developed later on in childhood and even adulthood. Most squints are developed during the first 3-years of childhood and the reasons for developing a squint are numerous.
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In general, the causes of squint can be:
- Congenital, which means present at birth.
- As a result of an illness.
- Due to a refractive error (short-sightedness, long-sightedness).
The main symptom in children who suffer from squint is that their eyes look in different directions. A child might not be aware about their squint or complain about it, but it is obvious to the parents and people around them. If left untreated squints can lead to a condition called lazy eye or amblyopia, where the affected eye will not receive clear images and in-turn the brain will start to ignore the information it receives. Therefore, many children do not know that they actually have this problem because the brain and the stronger eye will adapt while the problematic eye gets worse.
The symptoms for lazy amblyopia may include:
- Double eye vision.
- Blurred vision
- Poor depth perception.
- An eye turning in (Esotropia), out (Exotropia), up (Hypertropia) or down (Hypotropia).
Parents should not hesitate to have their children’s eyes checked routinely as they develop. This is in order to diagnose and treat squints as early as possible before the onset of any other complications.
There are several treatment options for squint that yield excellent results. The younger the patient is, the more effective the treatment is likely to be.
- Glasses or contact lenses. Some children might only require corrective glasses to treat strabismus
- Eye Patches. In cases where a lazy eye condition is present as a result of the squint, an eye patch is given to wear over the strong eye for a few hours per day. This is done to encourage the weaker eye to do the work and in turn strengthening it.
- Eye drops or ointments. Having a toddler or baby put on an eye patch for several hours could be problematic. In these cases, medication could be given in the form of eye drops or ointment. The eye drops relax the eye muscles such that the eyes align better
- Orthoptic exercises. In some types of squint, eye muscle exercise is effective in strengthening the ability of both eyes to work together.
- Eye Muscle Surgery. If all of the above are not enough to fix the problem then eye surgery might be needed.
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Ask Your Doctor
Can squint be cured permanently?
Yes, squint can often be effectively treated and corrected permanently with the expertise of a squint specialist. Modern medical and surgical interventions are designed to realign the eyes and improve binocular vision.
Can a squint get worse with age?
Yes, a squint can potentially worsen with age if left untreated. Changes in muscle control, vision, or underlying health conditions can contribute to increased misalignment. Consulting a squint specialist for proper evaluation and timely intervention is important to prevent the condition from worsening.
Can a squint return after surgery?
While rare, it's possible for squint to recur after surgery. Successful outcomes depend on various factors, including the type of misalignment and individual healing responses. Close post-operative monitoring and adherence to follow-up appointments are crucial to detect and address any potential recurrence promptly.
Is squint a birth defect?
Yes, squint can sometimes be present at birth or develop during early childhood. While some cases might have a genetic or congenital component, others can result from various factors like muscle imbalances or neurological issues.