• Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment’s to evaluate and rectify the alignment of the eyes.
  • Patients with all types of squint are managed in this clinic.
  • The treatment plan tailors to achieve the well-being of the patient.
  • Before squint surgery an Orthoptic assessment is undertaken to monitor eye muscle movement and help the surgeon plan the surgery.

Team – Squint Clinic

Dr. Priyamvada Bhasin – Sr. Consultant

Squint is the common name for ‘strabismus’ which is the medical term used to describe eyes that are not pointing in the same direction.

Squinting of eyes may occur occasionally or may be present throughout the day. It may appear in only one eye or may alternate between the two eyes. Squint can occur for a number of reasons:

  • Refractive (focusing) abnormality
  • Eye muscle imbalance
  • Injury
  • Rarely, it can be due to other diseases or illness.

Squint can become obvious after chronic illness and it can also run in families.

Types of squint

  • Convergent squint also known as esotropia, where one eye is turned in towards the nose. This is the most common form of squint seen usually in children.
  • Divergent squint also known as exotropia, where one eye turns out away from the centre of the face.

Squint is relatively common in children, and 2-3% of the population has squint. Treatment is advisable as soon as possible.

In order to focus both eyes on an object all the eye muscles of each eye must be balanced and work together. When one eye turns, that eye is not focused properly which can lead to a deterioration of vision in the squinting eye.

Some babies may appear to have a squint that is not a true squint. It is called ‘epicanthus’ and is caused by folds of skin on a wide nose. Epicanthus does not exclude the possibility of a squint being present and so you should always seek an expert opinion.

If your child has been diagnosed with a squint, it will be managed or treated by one of the modalities of treatment:-

  • Optics (Spectacles)
  • Occlusion
  • Orthoptics
  • Operation

It is necessary to diagnose squint as soon as possible and to treat it appropriately to prevent development of Amblyopia.


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