The most common sign of a squint is when the eyes look in different directions. If a squint is left untreated, it can cause double vision and/or lazy eye (amblyopia), especially in young children.
In children, a squint can cause the child to develop an abnormal position of the head, and the vision may gradually deteriorate in the affected eye. Vision in the affected eye will gradually deteriorate due to the brain ignoring the weaker message being sent from that eye. It is important that it is treated as soon as possible.
The minority of children who develop a turned eye or squint may need surgery. Surgery will usually involve moving some of the extraocular muscles (small muscles on the outside of the eye, but underneath the white of the eye, six around each eye) to correct the misalignment. This is always done under general anaesthetic and usually after one year of age.
Strabismus or squint surgery in adults will correct misalignments that developed in childhood that may not have been corrected or have worsened over time. In adults, the preferred option is to correct the squint with adjustable sutures. The sutures can be adjusted or moved under local anaesthetic drops the day after surgery to get an exact correction.
Squint surgery is nearly always a day-case procedure, so you should be in and out of the hospital on the same day.
With decades of experience and specialisation in paediatric ophthalmic services and adult strabismus, Optilase is happy to assist you. To learn more about our laser eye surgery services in Perth, please contact Optilase via our contact page, or on (08) 9535 1300 to arrange a consultation.