HOW DO YOU NOTICE A SQUINT?
are easily detected by family, friends, and teachers. But more subtle squints
are harder to notice. This is because children can easily adapt to using one eye
, making it difficult or even impossible for those around them to realise that they are experiencing problems with their vision.
Therefore, having a child’s vision tested regularly becomes imperative
. This is to ensure that any “hidden” eye problems
can be diagnosed and treated promptly.
These subtle squints require a full ocular examination
by an eye specialist
MANAGING A SQUINT
Once a full ocular examination
has been done by an eye specialist, a diagnosis can then be made, and a treatment pathway chosen which will be specific to the needs of the patient. A team of specialists, such as the ophthalmic surgeon
, an orthoptist
and an optometrist
, all help in the treatment of a child’s squint
. This ensures the best results. There is a range of treatment options available, such as:
- Occlusion therapy
- Eye exercises
- Botox injections into the muscles of the eyes
The outcome in the majority of children is successful when diagnosed and treated early. Unfortunately, in late diagnosis, the child may suffer permanent vision loss with the associated loss of 3D and depth perception.
The loss of vision in one eye may affect future career choices
, such as becoming a pilot or holding a heavy-duty vehicle licence. The loss of depth perception will affect actions such as navigating steps or catching a ball
It is always in your child’s best interest
to have their vision assessed regularly, to ensure that any hidden condition can be treated promptly
– giving your child the best outlook for the future.
Did You Know?
A lazy eye is the weaker one of the two eyes. Due to its weakness, it can stop looking in the same direction as the stronger eye.