About Squint

Squint is a condition when the eyes are not co-ordinated and are looking in different directions. People call it different names ‘turn in the eye’, ‘glide in the eye’, ‘lazy eye’ or ‘cock eyed’.

Normal eyes

Left vertical squint

Left convergent squint

Left divergent squint

Should I be concerned if my child has a squint?

Squint affects a child in two ways.

Firstly, it affects brain development. The back of brain normally merges the picture from each eye to give a single stereoscopic vision. Squint stops this happening. The child may end up not only losing stereo vision but also end up with permanent low vision (lazy eye).

Secondly, the child can be bullied at school.

My friend has a squint. Is it not a problem only children suffer?

Adults can squint too. Most of them will have a history of childhood squint or operations carried out in childhood for squint. Squints can occur sometimes suddenly in adults causing double vision. Sudden onset squints need thorough assessment to check for any neurological or muscular disease.

What problems does a squint cause in adults?

Squint in an adult may cause visual problems such as double vision, blurred vision and even panoramic or chameleon vision.

For some others, squint is an embarrassment, causing loss of confidence and low self- esteem, limiting professional and social interactions. Listen to patient stories in the above links.

How can the squint be treated?

First, a thorough examination is needed to look for any cause for the squint, the extent of the squint and the effect it has on sight and life. Children usually need a period of observation and some treatment like glasses and patching before any operation can be carried out. Adults with double vision may need some investigations.

The squint operation is carried under general anaesthetic. All patients go home on the same day of the surgery. The effect of the operation in straightening the eyes is visible by the next day. There is no need to take time off from work as there is no pain or patching involved.

Will the squint recur?

Not usually. Mr Vishwanath has the expertise required for careful planning and doing the right amount of operation to prevent recurrence. He uses adjustable stitches to get the right outcome.

What if I do not want the operation?

Mr Vishwanath has the expertise in treating such patients with Botox injections.  But treatment with Botox is not permanent and needs to be repeated.