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Squint, treatment and surgery



 Squint or strabismus is misalignment of the eyes such that the right and left eyes are pointed in different directions, ie. one eye looks straight ahead whilst the other eye turns inwards.

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 Though it happens more frequently  among younger populations, affecting 2 to 4 percent of children, it may also appear later in life. The misalignment may be permanent or it may be temporary, occurring occasionally. The deviation may be in any direction: inward, outward, upward or downward. If the child is not treated at the appropriate time, a condition called amblyopia occurs, which eventually leads to permanent loss of vision. If a squint is noticeable an operation can be done to adjust the position of the eye. The aim of this is generally to improve the cosmetic appearance of a squint. It does not aim to improve the eyesight of the squinting eye.




Squint may be caused by any of the following:

  • Weakened muscles or abnormal nerve impulses to the eye muscles
  • Heredity
  • Blurred or poor vision due to cataract, corneal scars, glaucoma, refractive errors, optic nerve disease, retinal disease, tumors of the eye etc.,
  • Injuries
  • Pathology inside the eye, such as cataract

Treatment of Squint (Strabismus)

In case of strabismus in children, the goals of treatment are to preserve vision, straighten the eyes and to restore binocular vision. Treatment of squint depends on the exact cause of the misaligned eyes. As the commonest cause of squint in children is an error of refraction (like myopia or hyperopia), treatmet can mainly be in the form of prescribing necessary glasses correction, togetherr with some training program for the eye vision.  After a complete eye examination by Dr Khalil, including a detailed study of the inner parts of the eye, he will recommend appropriate optical, medical or surgical therapy.


Surgical Treatment

The principle of surgery is to weaken the stronger muscle and strengthen the weaker muscle. Either one or several muscles may be operated upon, depending on the type and severity of squint.



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