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Don't let squint eye hold you back! Discover the latest and most effective treatment options

Our eye movement is controlled by six ocular muscles. Two muscles move the eye up to down, two left and right, and two help in the rotational movement of our eyes. When eye muscles are acting normally, our eyeballs can keep the focus on a particular spot together. However, when ocular muscle functioning is impaired, the eyes do not move with coordination. This is called squint or strabismus.
The squint (Misalignment) can be Convergent ( inwards) , Divergent (outwards) or Horizontal (Up or Down).
Sometimes squint occurs due to disorders in the brain.
Squint also makes binocular vision difficult as well, which means it's difficult for a person to appreciate depth or distance of an object called stereopsis

Squint Surgery Types of Squint

Causes of Strabismus or Eye Squinting

Types of Squint:

• Congenital means that a person is born with this disorder. Damage to the retina in premature babies or a tumour near the eye.
• Hereditary: if a gene is associated with or linked to a disorder i.e. Down syndrome
• Squinting develops when there is a problem with the control and functioning of six ocular muscles. This problem may be any kind of issue with the associated nerves and brain parts that control extraocular muscles.
• Various eye conditions like myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism. Disorders like cerebral palsy (impaired muscle coordination), brain tumors, or hydrocephalus(fluid in the brain) also lead to squinting.
• Some kinds of viral infections like measles can trigger squint.

Squint prevention

Early diagnosis and detection are very important. From the age of three months to three years, the child's eyes must be examined. If there is need of glasses, it should be prescribed at the earliest. A child with a family history of amblyopic eyes should get their eyesight checked even before the age of three months. Tests that should be taken for squint eye are supposed to take care of retinal examination, corneal light reflex, and vision.

Squint Eye Treatment Before And After

Treatment of the squint eye

If squint is properly diagnosed and treated, this will prevent further complications such as lazy or amblyopic eye. Squint treatment is essential as it may lead to hampering one's professional life and confidence level. Various treatment options are considered for strabismus depending upon the severity of the squint, the individual, and the kind of squint.

Treatment options for squints

Treatment for a squint usually involves some or all of the following:

• Treating lazy eye ( amblyopia)
• Wear glasses to correct any refractive errors in either or both eyes.
A child diagnosed with squint has to be properly examined.

Vision, need for glasses (refractive error) and a complete eye examination is necessary. The spectacle power and degree of squint will be examined until adulthood. If any residual squint remains with eyeglasses, it must be corrected surgically. The lazy eye is to be treated by patching or occluding the good eye or with Orthoptek exercises which is a new development in developing the stimulation of Macula ( the best seeing part of the eye). This will help weaker eyes focus on visual activities such as reading and color identification while the patch is on.

Squint surgery is required when all conservative methods of treatment are not able to correct it.

The success rate of squint surgery is very high in good hands. The patient will undergo a comprehensive eye and physical examination before the eye muscle surgery. The doctor will also take some eye measurements to determine which muscles are stronger or weaker. To treat different types of squint, the doctor makes an incision in the membrane that covers the white area of the eye called the conjunctiva. After getting access to the eye muscles, the doctor will either stretch or shorten them for realignment, depending upon the squint type. Squint surgery takes 90 minutes.

Botulinum toxin or Botox injections are used to treat squint.

In certain types of squint, particularly those that turn inwards, Botox injections are sometimes used as a treatment, as an alternative to surgery. Botulinum toxin, also known as BOTOX, weakens muscles temporarily. It's useful in conditions where it is helpful to weaken muscles to prevent them from pulling the eye and causing it to squint. However, botulinum toxin injections are not commonly used in children.

Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy

Vision therapy aims to develop or improve visual skills and abilities. It consists of trained exercises performed over weeks to months with lenses, prisms, patches or balance boards. It focuses on improving visual skills in amblyopia and many binocular vision anomalies. Vision therapies do not correct refractive errors such as myopia. The latest therapy is called ORTHOPTEK EXCECISES and it is highly successful in improving vision and treating squint..

Vision therapies are classified as follows:

• Orthoptic vision therapy: this is standard vision therapy, focusing on binocular vision and eye movements. It focuses on eye strain, headaches, squints, double vision and reading.
• Behavioral vision therapy or visual integration vision therapy aims to treat problems including difficulties with visual attention and concentration and sometimes it helps in children with attention deficit syndrome.
In adults, the management of squint is different. If it does not improve with glasses, the treatment is surgical. The results of this therapy in adults are not as encouraging as in children, but most patients benefit from the glasses.

Treatment of squint hinges on four strategies:

• Restoration and correction of vision with glasses, where needed.
• Correction of deviation of eyesight for cosmetic reasons.
• Correction of deviation for functional reasons such as restoration of binocular vision.
• Prevention of double vision

You have to take rest until you recover from the surgery, which could be a few days. Also, initially, you might have to wear glasses for a period of 1 week. You have to avoid swimming for a few weeks.


Treatment of squint and amblyopia at an early stage gives good vision for life. When conservative treatment fails, early surgery should be performed for better visual performance.

A complete eye examination is necessary to avoid any vision threatening complications.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Squint in eyes, also known as strabismus, is a condition in which the eyes do not align. This causes one or both eyes to turn inward, outward, upward, or downward. Strabismus can be permanent or intermittent and can occur in people of all ages.
Squint in eyes can be treated with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. The best treatment for strabismus depends on your individual situation.

Treatment for squint of eye depends on the person's specific situation. Treatments may include:
• Glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors
• Vision therapy can help strengthen eye muscles and improve eye coordination
• Realigning Eye Muscles Surgery
You should see a eye specialist about a squint of eye if you or your child has any of the symptoms listed above. Early treatment of a squint is important to prevent vision problems from developing.

When your eyes squint, it means that one or both of your eyes are not in line. This causes your eyes to roll inward, outward, up or down. Strabismus can be permanent or irregular and can occur in people of all ages.
Causes of eyes squint
• Muscle problem in the eye
• Perve problems in the eye or brain
• Refraction that does not work (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism)
• Having a certain condition cerebral palsy or Medical conditions such as Down syndrome
• Family history of strabismus

Home remedies for treating squint involve a series of exercises targeted at gradually correcting and boosting the weaker eye. These exercises can be timely practiced in the comfort of your own home, delivering noticeable results over time. However, it's important to note that key improvements may require additional medical guidance and patience.

If you or your child has the above symptoms, talk to your eye doctor for squint eyes treatment. Early treatment of squint eyes is important to prevent the development of vision loss.
Other symptoms include blurred vision, double vision, eye strain, headaches, and difficulty determining depth. If you or your child has these symptoms, you should consult your doctor about squint eyes. Treatment for squint eyes depends on the patient and may include glasses or contact lenses, eye therapy, or surgery.
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