Condition: Squint2018-09-18T13:19:46+00:00

Squint (Strabismus)

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There are different treatment options available for this condition and the most common ones are listed below:

  • Squint Treatment
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What is Squint (Strabismus)?

A squint or strabismus is when an adult or child´s eyes do not look straight. Their eyes are not well aligned and one eye can turn in (cross eyed) or outwards (wall eyed) or even up or downwards (vertical strabismus), so that it looks as if they are only using one eye to look at you. Sometimes the eye they use to look at you alternates, then it is called an alternating squint.

Types of Squint

  • Congenital (present at birth or appearing shortly afterwards)
  • Acquired

Causes of Squint

A child can be born with or develops the squint later as an infant as a result of poor vision in one eye. In the case of an adult the cause can be a medical illness such as thyroid eye disease, a cranial nerve palsy, head trauma and rarely brain tumour. It can also just happen because there is a tendency to do so ( a phoria) which then decompensates and becomes a proper squint (tropia). Or it can be a problem with their glasses and in which case there is no serious underlying cause. Fortunately the latter two causes are the most common.

Video: Squint explained

Examination for Squint

At Clinica London we assess children and adults with squint and do medical treatment or surgical correction as required.
The child or adult is first assessed with eye measurements by the orthoptist
They may need a refraction or glasses check.
The Consultant Specialist then sees the child or adult with the results. They will want to know the amount of squint present, whether the patient gets double vision, whether there is binocular vision (ability to use the two eyes together) and in particular whether the patient has good quality three dimensional vision.

More about the different types of Squint

Childhood squint

This can herald amblyopia or a lazy eye, there may be a cataract or retinoblastoma and the child must be assessed by the orthoptist and children´ eye doctor.Childhood squint is most commonly turning in of one eye, an esotropia. It can be treated with glasses +/- patching of the better eye, or with surgery, usually around the age of 4 years.

Thyroid Eye Disease

This occurs predominently in adults and is a restrictive squint where one or more muscles are thicker and more fbrotic so are restricted in their movements. These patients can have double vision from either an esotropia (eye turning inwards) or vertical double vision if t¡one eye is higher than the other, a vertical tropia, such as hypotropia and hypertroipa, the affected eye lower or higher respectively. Thyroid squint is treated with surgery once it is stable.

Exotropia in Adults

This commonly occurs when the two eyes drift apart and become wall eyed. It can be corrected either with tiny amounts of toxin into the stronger muscle or with surgery.

Other squints

There are many other causes of squint and full assessment is advised.

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“Mr. Reddy was extremely kind and his special ‘duck’ noises certainly helped catch Talia’s attention and helped his examination run smoothly. Mr. Reddy informed us that Talia’s squint was severe and that glasses would not help her. He explained that she would need surgery. We have recently seen Mr. Reddy and the Orthoptist for a follow up and everyone involved is really pleased with the results of the surgery, most of all it seems is Talia.”
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