What is Squint?

A squint occurs when your eyes don’t point in the same direction. The most common type of squint is where one eye turns slightly inwards, towards your nose. Sometimes the eye may turn out or – very occasionally –up or down, while the other looks ahead. This can happen in either eye. If a young child has a squint it is important that they are examined by an optometrist to help prevent the eye that does not look straight from becoming lazy.


  • Heredity
  • Weakness of the eye muscles or problem with the nerves in the eye muscles
  • Blurred or poor vision caused due to cataract, corneal scars, glaucoma, refractive errors, optic nerve disease, retinal disease, tumours of the eye etc.
  • Injuries


  • Wearing glasses – If a child is long sighted, correcting their long sight may also correct their squint
  • Patching– If the vision is worse in one eye than the other, we may patch the good eye to encourage the weaker eye to be used
  • Eye drops – If the vision is worse in one eye than the other, eye drops may be used to blur the vision in the good eye to encourage the child to use their worse eye, in a similar way to patching
  • Surgery– If wearing glasses does not fully correct the squint, surgery can be performed as early as a few months of age.
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