What is a squint?

A squint is a condition where the eyes do not look together in the same direction. Whilst one eye looks straight ahead, the other eye turns to point inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards. Squints are common and affect about 1 in 20 children.

How are squints treated?

  • Most squints need to be treated as soon as possible to improve the chances of successful treatment.
  • Common treatments include glasses and eye exercises. If your child has a lazy eye, they may need to wear an eye patch to improve the vision in the affected eye.
  • If these treatments aren't successful, corrective surgery will most likely be required. This involves moving the muscles that control the movement of the eye.
  • Risks from surgery are rare, although sometimes more than one operation will be needed.
  • Occasionally, squints corrected during childhood reappear in adulthood. You should visit your GP as soon as possible if you develop a new squint.

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