Strabismus

  • 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.

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