Team – Squint Clinic
Dr. Priyamvada Bhasin – Sr. Consultant
Squint is the common name for ‘strabismus’ which is the medical term used to describe eyes that are not pointing in the same direction.
Squinting of eyes may occur occasionally or may be present throughout the day. It may appear in only one eye or may alternate between the two eyes. Squint can occur for a number of reasons:
Squint can become obvious after chronic illness and it can also run in families.
Types of squint
Squint is relatively common in children, and 2-3% of the population has squint. Treatment is advisable as soon as possible.
In order to focus both eyes on an object all the eye muscles of each eye must be balanced and work together. When one eye turns, that eye is not focused properly which can lead to a deterioration of vision in the squinting eye.
Some babies may appear to have a squint that is not a true squint. It is called ‘epicanthus’ and is caused by folds of skin on a wide nose. Epicanthus does not exclude the possibility of a squint being present and so you should always seek an expert opinion.
If your child has been diagnosed with a squint, it will be managed or treated by one of the modalities of treatment:-
It is necessary to diagnose squint as soon as possible and to treat it appropriately to prevent development of Amblyopia.