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What is strabismus/squint?

A strabismus or squint is the misalignment of the two eyes which may be constant or intermittent. When the eyes are misaligned they do not function together properly as a pair. A strabismus usually presents in childhood and one or both eyes may be affected. The squinting eye may turn inwards, outward, upwards, or downwards.

There are several different types of strabismus and for some of these the cause is unknown. Some types of strabismus may be inherited from a parent or grandparent or may be related to long-sightedness. It is very important that strabismus is detected early (approximately before the age of 7 - 8 years) in order to prevent the turning eye from becoming lazy (see lazy eye).

PLEASE READ: The information given under Eye Conditions is of a general nature and is not intended to be advice on any particular.

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