Conditions

Squint

Squint

Squints are common in kids, affecting about one in 20 and usually developing in the first 3 years of life. A squint, also referred to as strabismus, is a condition where one of the eyes looks in a different direction when the other is looking forward. This is caused by an imbalance in the muscles of the eye. It is, however, quite easily corrected if found before a child is 8 years old and the eye has fully developed.

There are lots of reasons why kids get squints, some are born with them, some may be the result of an illness or developed from other sight problems. Normally it is quite easy to recognise a squint, but in minor cases it can be more difficult; look out for your child closing one eye to look at things or looking out of the side of their eye, this probably means they are experiencing double vision, a sign of a squint.

If a squint is suspected, your GP will refer your child to an ophthalmologist for further tests. Before the test is carried out, your child’s pupils will be dilated (expanded) using eye drops, which can be quite uncomfortable, but allows the ophthalmologist to see to the back of the eye. Often, the first step to curing a squint is prescribing glasses, and then if the condition persists, the good eye is patched to improve the sight in the weaker eye. Eye drops and exercises can often cure mild squints, however, in longer-lasting cases, surgery is needed to realign the eye muscles.

Lazy eye (amblyopia) can develop out of a squint being left untreated. The brain finds it difficult to process the different images seen by the eyes, so the lazy eye is ignored, which means gradually the vision in this eye will deteriorate. In this case, it is not possible to correct the damage after it has been done, which is why it is so important to look out for the signs and visit a GP straight away.

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My 2 year old has been wearing glasses for 6 months due to having a squint in his left eye and mildly long sighted. One optician have said when his eyes develop fully both could improve and he may not need glasses in future when another said he will always need glasses. Very confused. Been back this week to hospital for eye check and apparently his squint has improved from turning in 50% to 40% with and without his glasses on. Therefore could glasses cure his squint fully before his eyes are fully developed?





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Hi everyone. I'm 20 now.I have lost my left eye vision some 9 years ago in an accident. Ever since I've got this squint gradually growing in my left eye alone. Is it possible for me to restore it and will it work out if I go for a squint eye surgery?





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hi, my daughter had a v-shaped squint which was corrected when she was 3. however , it wasnt a successful operation as they over corrected it and she was left with an inward squint in one eye and her vision deterriorated . i was annoyed and for the past three years weve been going monthly to the optomitrised who have but failed to try and correct the squint, as a result the squint is better though still noticeable but more disappointing is the fact that she has had double vision since the operation and only sees one when her glasses are on which has a prism but at strength 20! as ive told them all along why wait all this time to have another operation , they have just told me she will need one this year but im afraid for her as they intend to do the op on the good eye? is this right?





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my daughter has had 2 lots of surgery to correct a squint the second op straightened her eye it lasted a year does anyone no why this happens her eyes are really bad now is it worth having surgrie for a 3rd time





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Hi i have a squint but i am not sure who to contact so please could you tell me thankyou





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Hi, get in touch with your GP i'm 24 yrs old and have got a really bad squint. i've tried on numerous occasions but havent been able to find any private surgeons that deal with squint surgery so eventually i went to my GP and he referred to me the hospital and they have now agreed to carry out the surgery on the NHS.

Maybe going to doctors or opticians? I have a squint but i go to the opticians to sort it (i used to have to go to hospital when i was little though)

I have a squint . I had an operation when I was 2yrs old . The op help a tiny bit but hardly!I had it in both eyes . I am also long sighted , so I need glasses any way! Still at school I get called "4 eyes!" It is really annoying! Will laser eye surgery help!?





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My daughter has excessive farsightedness +7.5 and crossing before wearing glasses. Now she is wearing glasses +6.0 . Some times she is crossing eyes after wearing also. Will crossing reduce normally ? What is the next to step for her?





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have you had a reply to your comment im in the same postion as you with my daughter and know one seems to give an answer regards jayde

maybe mentioning it at next eye test or going back there early for advice? or maybe there might be answers on google? it happened to me but it went eventually on its own

My daughter is 2 years old, now a days she started crossing eyes but not constantly , what to do now? I am really worrying about that, please do the needful.





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The best idea is to see somebody about it (doctors or opticians). Telling somebody about it as soon as it is noticed makes it more likely to be sorted quicker and less damage left if it turns out to be a squint. Some people with squints don't constantly cross their eyes (my family have told me this from my squint-story)

Is botox treatment always successful for eye squint I have my first botox treatment an worked really well and my second treatment has no effective at all both same doses used why would ths be





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hello i am 19years old and i have been blind in one eye since i was young. Over time my blind eye (which just follows the other eye) has a slight squint and drifts off to one side. I have always been scared to go the the doctors about it in case they don't think its bad enough to fix. But for me people always recognise it and it makes me very paranoid and upset. Im sure the only option would be surgery as i can only see out of one of them to do any eye exercises. I dont really know what options are available or what would work but im just wondering if you have any advice on what to do? Is it common for people of my age to seek help and how bad does your squint have to be? and what are the risks of surgery? thankyou :)





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I am a surgeon (although not an eye surgeon) but a colleague is an excellent eye surgeon with expertise treating squints and children. I can say that squints do not always require surgery (although the surgery itself is quite simple and a daycase procedure) and can now be treated with Botox injections. His website is www.squintsurgeon.com if you want to check it out.

Jenny, If you go to www.squintclinic.com you will find all the answers to your questions. Unlike all other medical websites, it uses films rather than pages of text to inform patients and parents about squints. If you look up secondary exotropia in the Types of squint section and then have a look at the Botox section and adjustable squint surgery section, you will have a much better understanding of what treatments are available. I would also suggest you look at the section on patient experiences to hear about the positive effect treatment of a squint can have.

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