A squint is a condition where your eyes look in different directions. One eye turns inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forwards. The medical name for a squint is strabismus.
The misalignment of the eyes can be caused by a problem with the eye muscles or by an uncorrected vision problem, such as short-sightedness or long-sightedness.
Squints are common and affect about 1 in 20 children. They usually develop before a child is five years of age, but they can appear later. It is very important that a squint is picked up and treated as early as possible to avoid vision problems developing. If a squint is identified when a child is young, there is a good chance that it will be successfully treated.
Eye Max Eye Hospital, Lucknow specializes in treating various squint related disorders.
In young children, a squint can cause :
– Blurred Vision
– Double Vision
– Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
If your child has a squint, their eyes are no longer working together and they may see two images (double vision) instead of one. To avoid double vision, your child’s brain ignores the signals from the eye with the squint and only recognises images from the normal eye. As the squinting eye is not being used, it eventually becomes ‘lazy’.