Squint or strabismus is a common condition affecting young children that may affect their sight, appearance and confidence if not detected and treated early. It is a condition that causes an adult or child's eyes to point in different directions. When looking at an object, a normal person has both eyes pointed straight at that object. If only one eye is looking straight and the other eye is turned away, then that person has strabismus, more commonly known as a squint.
There are many causes of squints. It may be due to a disorder of a part of the brain controlling eye movements or it may be caused by weak eye muscles, heredity, cataract, and nerve conditions. Also, any eye with poor sight tends to squint.Most people with squints do not have affected relatives and are of normal intelligence. However, since it occasionally runs in families, it is wise to check the rest of your children if a family member has a squint.
A child with a squint needs a full eye checkup. This may take time as young children are often uncooperative and may need to be sedated.