Strabismus or squinting

What is Strabismus

Strabismus is a condition where one eye is turned in a different direction to the other. Often known as a squint, this misalignment of the eye is caused by an incorrect balance of the eye muscles, which can be attributed to a number of causes.

The most common form of Strabismus involves those with misaligned eyes from childhood. Sufferers may have undergone treatment to realign their eyes in childhood but the eye has subsequently drifted again. Damage to the nerves which stimulate the eye muscles, and inflammation of the eye muscles themselves, can also cause strabismus in adults.

How strabismus affects our vision

Adults who suddenly develop strabismus will almost always suffer from double vision. This may occur when they look in one particular direction or it may be present wherever they direct their sight. This can interfere with everyday activities and make it impossible to drive a motor vehicle.

Headaches, eye-strain and muscular problems in the neck are also common causes of discomfort for sufferers.

Strabismus sufferers may also experience a lack of self-confidence or low self-esteem, as the appearance of a squint may interfere with daily eye-to-eye contact, communication skills and affect social interaction.