What is a squint?
A squint is where the two eyes don't point in the same direction and it is a condition which often runs in the family. It can affect one in 50 children under five years old and a successful operation should mean your child's eyes move together.
Squinting in adults can also occur if the nerves to the eye muscles, or the eye muscles themselves, are not working properly causing double vision.
What will this involve?
Squint correction is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually takes about 40 minutes. Your surgeon will make a small cut in the surface membrane of your eye and then separate one or more eye muscles from the surface of the eyeball.
Using small dissolvable stitches, your surgeon will then reattach the muscles, making them tighter or looser than they were before, depending on the correction that needs to be made.
Once the operation is complete your eyes will be covered by clear plastic shields and your child can rest for a while before departure.
When will I recover?
Your child should be able to go home the same or following day and you will be advised when they can return to normal activities.
Your child will need regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon and eye specialist. Most children make a good recovery.
What risks should I know about?
Squint correction is a regularly performed operation and is considered to be quite safe. Most patients do not suffer any complications or side effects but we should mention those complications that can occur:
- Continued or worse squinting which may mean further surgery
- Double vision which normally settles after a little while