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Squint / Turn

Description of Squint / Turn

A squint or turn in the eye is where one eye deviates out of alignment with the other. This condition can occur at any age but is most common in children with a lazy eye, (see Lazy Eye/Amblyopia). In children, squint is generally a sign of a lazy eye and should be treated as such. However, in adults the sudden onset of squint usually indicates a neurological or medical condition which results in paralysis of one or more nerves to the muscles which control eye movement. It may also be caused by disease directly affecting these particular muscles.

Symptoms of Squint / Turn

As squints mostly occur in small children, and are usually associated with a lazy eye, the condition is likely to be first noticed by a parent or family member. In adults, the sudden onset of a turn in the eye may present itself as double-vision. Severe doublevision may make it dangerous for the sufferer to perform day-to-day tasks such as driving. In others, a turn may only be noticed by associates who may or may not bring it to the attention of the sufferer.

Treatment of Squint / Turn

Treatment of a squint in childhood involves primary management of the lazy or amblyopic eye in order to bring the eye's vision to its greatest potential prior to surgery. Once this is achieved a surgical procedure is performed on the muscles which move the eye in order to correct the turn and restore normal alignment of both eyes.These surgeries are carried out under general anaesthetic and in certain adult cases can be 'adjusted' afterwards in the waking stage to achieve maximum cosmetic effect. Where neurological or medical causes exist, immediate referral to an appropriate hospital-based consultant, with facilities for further detailed investigation, is essential.