Paediatric and Squint Surgery

Optilase has over 30 years of specialising in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

Squint Surgery Mandurah

Squint surgery is a procedure to correct misalignments of the eye. Dr Ward’s subspeciality interests include Paediatric Ophthalmology and squint, with over 30 years of experience in this area.

Dr Bill Ward worked on the staff at Princess Margarets Children’s hospital and as head of the department for over 20 years. Optilase provides Paediatric and Squint Surgery.

What Are Squint and Crossed Eyes?

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. 

  • Squint or strabismus refers to a condition where the eyes do not remain parallel.
  • Children may develop an esotropia or turning in of the eyes, often triggered by longsight or hyperopia. Many of these children can be treated with spectacle correction a minority may need surgery.

  • Adults who develop a squint will usually experience double vision which can affect everyday activites.

How To Treat Squint Eye

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.



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Some videos answering the most common queries about Squint Surgery.


Strabismus is the medical term of a squint, a condition where the eyes point in different directions. One eye may turn inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forward.

Squints are common and affect about one in 20 children. They usually develop before a child is five years old, but can appear later, and adults can also be treated for the condition.

What To Expect Before Squint Surgery?

All consultations for paediatric and strabismus/squint surgery patients are in the clinic at Peel Health Campus. Please expect the consultation to last approximately an hour as dilating drops are instilled which will take some time to take effect. 

If surgery is needed, this is done in the theatres at Peel Health Campus. Children from the age of one and upwards can have surgery at Peel Health Campus under the care of Paeditrically trained anaesthetists.

Squint surgery is generally a very safe procedure. The main problem is under or overcorrection, which may occur in up to 5% of children. These can usually be addressed with further surgery.

Optilase are happy to assist with paediatric ophthalmic or adult strabismus. Please contact the office on (08) 9535 1300 to arrange a consultation.

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