Squint Eye

Squint Eye

What is Squint (Strabismus)?

Squint or Strabismus is a condition when one eye turns or wanders in such a way that it does not work in an alignment with the other eye. Normally, when we look at an object our eyes point and focus in the same direction. But, if a child has Squint, one eye may focus in one direction, while the other eye turns either inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards. Squints may also cause double vision or lazy eye (Amblyopia). Though Squints can develop at any age, they are more commonly seen in younger kids and the presence of Squint means that the child’s eyes will lose its ability to work together and achieve the 3-D vision.

So, as a parent even if you suspect that your child has a Squint, get her/his eyes thoroughly checked up at Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals), the best hospital for Squint surgery in India. We have some of the experienced and best Squint surgeons in Delhi NCR who offer world-class treatments for Squint eye surgery.

What causes Squint?

The connection and coordination between the eyes and brain that causes visual pathway usually build up as the child grows. And, this development generally takes place until the tender age of 8 years. So, when the eye muscles fail to work in a balanced or coordinated way, it causes Squint.

Common Causes of Squint in Children

Squint is generally caused due to:

  • Refractive Errors: Refractive errors like short-sightedness, long-sightedness and Astigmatism can be a common cause of Squint. For instance, if a child is long-sighted, wearing glasses with correct power will not only help him/her to see clearer, but it may further aid in Squint removal.
  • Premature Childbirth: Children born before 32 weeks may be at a risk of developing Squint.
  • Family History: Some Squints are a result of genetic make-up. If a parent has/had a Squint, the chances are that the child may also be affected by the eye defect.
  • Eye Problems: Certain eye problems such as congenital cataract or retinal damage can also cause Squint.


Squint is commonly categorised as listed below:

  • When Squint is prominent and is visible all the time it is called Constant, and if it comes and goes, it is referred as Intermittent.
  • When Squint is noticed during childbirth it is called Infantile, but if it develops later is called Acquired Squint.
  • Refractive Squint is the one that’s caused due to refractive error.
  • Based on how the eye turns, Squint may be referred as Convergent (inwards), Divergent (outwards), Hypertropia (upwards) or Hypotropia (downwards).
  • It is called Incomitant if the Squint changes while looking in different directions and it’s Concomitant when it remains the same despite looking in every direction.

Treatment and Squint Surgery

Squint in early years can be easily treated. Depending on the type of Squint, often a combination of treatments may be required or recommended so as to get the desired result. Some of the common and hassle-free ways to treat Squint may include:

  • Glasses: Most children with Squint may be prescribed glasses based on their power. It’s important for such children to wear glasses all the time as it enhances their vision and allows them to focus without any difficulty.
  • Occlusion Therapy or Patching: This treatment helps to improve vision especially in an individual with the Lazy Eye. During occlusion therapy, a child’s normal eye is covered with a patch, due to which he/she is forced to use their weaker eye to see things and perform activities. This therapy helps to develop the visual pathway between a weak eye and the brain.
  • Exercises: A few exercises help to strengthen the eye’s ability to work in coordination. This type of treatment is usually helpful in older children and is commonly used together with glasses and/or surgery.
  • Surgery: Depending on the type of Squint, children may require a corrective surgery so as to straighten the Squint. A Squint Surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and it does not require any hospital stay.

The operation usually weakens or strengthens the muscles of the eye so that the eyes are better aligned. However, in some cases, glasses may still be prescribed for clarity of vision.

Though Squint surgery can be performed at any age; its more effective if performed during earlier years. In older children and adults the operation is carried out more for cosmetic purposes. It usually takes several weeks to fully recover from corrective Squint Surgery.

At Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals), the best hospital for Squint surgery in Delhi, we offer the most advanced Squint eye treatment through the latest modality- laser eye surgery which is hassle-free, convenient and a day care procedure. Our team of paediatric ophthalmologists, who are the best squint surgeons in Delhi NCR, offer world-class treatment for squint eye surgery in India. And, our squint eye surgery cost in Delhi is most cost-effective promising better visual outcomes.

It’s important to note that if a Squint is not diagnosed or treated during early years, then it can cause a permanent defect. Therefore, it’s advisable to get your child’s comprehensive eye check-up done, especially before you enroll him/her to school.

To get qualified advice on Squint by our best squint specialist in Delhi or to find out our cost of Squint surgery in Delhi, contact Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals), the best hospital for Squint surgery in India.