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Strabismus (Squint)

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Strabismus (Squint) Akal Eye Hospital

When both the eyes of a person are not in alignment with each other it is known as squint or strabismus. Strabismus usually develops in infants and young children, usually by age 3, though it can also develop at a later age. There is a common misconception that a child with strabismus will outgrow the condition. This is not true. In fact, strabismus may get worse without treatment.
Generally, if the child is more than 6 months in age and the eyes have a squint, it needs to be examined by an eye doctor. Irreversible damage to the development of three dimensional (3D) vision can occur if this is not treated in time. If surgery is required it should be done in most cases within six months after the squint is noticed to avoid such irreversible damage.

What causes squint?

  • A loss of balance between the muscles of the two eyes leads to deviation of the eye.
  • Sometimes a refractive error or paralysis of an eye muscle may lead to misalignment of the eye.
  • Poor vision in an eye because of some other eye disease like cataract, eye tumours, etc. may also cause the eye to deviate.

How is squint treated?

Treatment of squint generally requires surgery on the eye muscles. One or both eyes may need to be operated upon, depending on the case. Some patients may need glasses, prisms, medication, or even left untreated. At Akal Eye Hospital, we do squint surgeries as a routine with our expertise being such that we even get international references, other than those from various parts of India.

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