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STRABISMUS (OR SQUINT) CAN HAVE AESTHETIC AND FUNCTIONAL EFFECTS
Many people are familiar with squint from the distinctive appearance of eyes set in different directions. Fewer people are aware that strabismus can lead to debilitating functional visual problems as well.
A squint is a condition in which the two eyes do not look in the same direction, the medical name for this is Strabismus.
Squint should not be confused with a lazy eye or amblyopia, which is a different condition that requires different treatment.
You may notice that you have a turn in the eye that is noticeable by others or you see it in photographs. You may experience double vision (diplopia) or headaches and eye strain. Vision can also become blurry.
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Strabismus (Squints) is a complex condition and can be caused by many different reasons; sometimes it has to do with the nerves controlling the eye muscles, or at other times the muscles themselves may be affected. Certain conditions can be a risk factor for developing a squint; an example of this would be thyroid problems.
A consultation with an eye doctor who specialises in squints will help to identify the cause and possible treatments.
SQUINT DIAGNOSIS & EXAMINATION PROCEDURE
Strabismus requires specialist tests to evaluate how the eyes work together. You will see an orthoptist initially. An orthoptist is an allied health professional who works under the supervision of the consultant and will take measurements of how your eyes move and see together. The consultant will see you and examine your eyes further. Dilatation drops may need to be instilled, and this will leave your vision slightly blurry for a few hours, so you will not be able to drive until your vision returns to normal. Often with strabismus; further examination will be necessary on another day to verify the type of squint and best treatment.
The squint treatment will depend on the type of squint you have. After a specialist consultation and examination, the Consultant will discuss the options with you.
Treatments can include prisms, which are a special type of lens used to help get rid of double vision in small squints. Botox injection can sometimes be given to help make the eyes look straight. Surgery can also be done to make the eyes straight and this can often be a more permanent solution.
Often squints may need to be examined on more than one occasion to make sure they are not changing.
Mr Muen is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of squints. If you would like to discuss the options available to you, then please arrange a consultation.
Please note: All Children’s referrals must be via the GP to the NHS.
FAQs ABOUT SQUINT
The eyes can turn in any direction (including up and down) and can give you double vision. This can cause headaches, eye strain and difficulty performing tasks such as reading.
Squints can also be intermittent, i.e., they are not there all the time but come and go. When they happen, they can cause difficulty for the patient and can be noticeable to others.
An orthoptist, who is a qualified health professional, will assist the specialist consultant by doing some test on your eye movements to help decide what type of squint you have.