Squint - Strabismus

Misalignment of the two eyes is called a ‘squint’ or ‘strabismus’. The misalignment may be inwards towards the nose, outwards away from the centre, or up and down.
It may be present all the time or it may come and go. A squint is frequently more noticeable when the child or person is tired. The same eye may deviate every time or the two eyes may alternate.
Squint – Strabismus

When a squint develops in childhood the image of the deviating eye is typically suppressed, meaning the brain ignores that eye. When it develops in adulthood for the first time people will typically complain of double vision.

Squint – Strabismus

Causes of squint include:

  • Poor vision in one or both eyes
  • A muscle imbalance
  • Nerve damage
  • Neuromuscular disease

Early treatment provides the best opportunities for good results. Children suspected of having a squint should be seen by an eye specialist as soon as possible. If your child is under 16 years of age, and you have a Community Service card, your child may be eligible for a government subsidy for some or all of their care. Please talk to our helpful staff about this.

Symptoms of squint or strabismus may include:

  • Turned or crossed eye
  • Head tilt or turn
  • Double vision

If you are concerned about a possible squint, please contact us to make an appointment to have this reviewed.