In Squint, one eye or both eyes may turn either inward (esotropia), outward (exotropia), upward (hypertropia) or downward (hypotropia). Squint may be constant or intermittent. While the causes of Squint are not fully understood, it is known that an abnormality in the muscles and/or under developed vision in one or both eyes are the contributing factors.
- Paediatric Vision Screening
- Eye Exams & Glasses
- Eye Muscle Surgery
- Retinopathy of Prematurity
What are the symptoms of squint?
The most obvious sign of a squint is eyes that look in different directions. Most often, one eye turns inwards (convergent squint) or outwards (divergent squint). In rare cases, it may turn up or down (vertical squint). A squint can either be visible at all times (constant), or only be visible at certain times (intermittent). Minor squints are not always obvious. Squints can also cause:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Lazy eye (amblyopia) – when the brain starts to ignore signals coming from the eye with the squint
How is squint treated?
Treatments available for squints include:
Glasses are one of the most common treatments for squints. They can be used to correct the vision problems (refractive errors) that may be causing the squint, such as short-sightedness (myopia), Long-sightedness (Hyperopia) and astigmatism.
- Eye exercises
In some cases, it may be possible to treat a squint using special eye exercises that help the eyes work together.
- Corrective surgery
- Improve the alignment of the eyes (and therefore their appearance)
- Help the eyes work together