Squint (crossed eyes) also known as Strabismus occurs due to the inability of eyes to align at a point at a time. They appear as misaligned and pointed at different directions. Squint or crossed eyes are usually known to develop among children. They have a high cure rate when diagnosed and treated at the initial stage. Unlike some popular belief, squint in children do not cure by itself with age. It needs to be treated with the help of a qualified eye care specialist.
Squint is said to be developed due to the weakness in the muscles around the eyes. The eyes with weak muscles finds it difficult to focus and turns towards the nose off target, resulting in squint. They can be developed because of heredity and untreated long sightedness as well. Accidents or trauma to the head can also result in crossed eyes.
Detecting squint (crossed eyes)
- Inability in gauging depth.
- Tilting head to a side for focussing
- Eyes that do not move together.
- Asymmetrical reflection points in eyes
The treatment of squint follows the technique of empowering the weak eyes.
Contact lens or spectacles – helps people with squint due to untreated farsightedness.
Botox or injected medications – these helps in relaxing the contracted muscles around the eyes making them more flexible in helping the eyes to focus on the point easily.
Surgery – an invasive procedure, they help the realignment of muscle and is used when the other methods are not effective.
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