- Strabismus or squint is a misalignment of the two eyes caused by one or more improperly functioning eye muscles.
- Normally, each eye focuses on the same spot but with a squint one eye can be deviated inwards (esotropia) or outwards (exotropia)
- A squint is never normal and must always be assessed by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist)
- Squints do not get better on their own.
- Eye exercises do not help squints and failure to seek the help of an ophthalmologist may lead to a permanent visual disability.
- Young children are at the highest risk for loss of vision due to squint.