Squints
 (Ocular Misalignment)


What is it?

Squint or Strabismus is a misalignment of the two eyes caused by an imbalance of the nerve supply and/or muscle pulleys of the eyes.


How is it treated?

It is crucial for early detection and treatment in childhood when lazy eye (Amblyopia) can still be partially or totally reversed using a combination of corrective glasses, eye patches and eye drops.

Squint surgery under general anaesthetics aim to re-align the eyes toward normal and may be performed for persistent squint causing significant concerns. More complex surgery using muscle transpositions and adjustable sutures may be used for congenital squints and re-operations.

Associated with a family history, prematurity and complicated obstetrics history, squints can cause lazy eye (Amblyopia), reduced depth perception (stereopsis), and cosmetic concerns in childhood, and double vision in adults.

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