The medical name for squint is strabismus. It is a condition where the eyes do not look in the same direction. Most squints occur in young children. A child with a squint may stop using the affected eye to see with. This can lead to visual loss called amblyopia or “lazy eye”, which can become permanent unless treated early in childhood.
Squints are caused by the muscles that control eye movement and they develop when the eye muscles do not work in a balanced way causing the eyes to no longer move together. In most cases the cause of squints is unknown, although they can be caused by a disorder of the eye, eye muscles, the brain or nerves.
Squints are not always readily visible depending on severity. A person with squints or lazy eye may experience blurred vision, double vision, or poor depth perception.
Squints can be treated surgically or non-surgically. For information on treatment of squints, click here.