Squint refers to a phenomenon of misalignment between two eyes, resulting in each of the eyes pointing in different directions, so while one might be focusing on one object, the other might be pointed in a completely different direction.
The frequency for this is not consistent and it varies from individual to individual. For some, it may be a constant factor, whereas for others it might be an occasional incident. This is commonly witnessed in children (owing to weak eyesight) but can be found in some adults too.
However, it is worth noting that as adults this occurs due to tertiary causes and is not directly related to a deficiency in the eye itself. These can include factors such as trauma, extended periods being spent in front of a computer, and lesions occurring in the brain.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF SQUINT IN CHILDREN?
One of the most common causes of squint in children is refractive errors. Refractive errors
can occur when a child’s eye does not bend light correctly, leading to nearsightedness or
farsightedness. When one eye has a refractive error and the other does not, it can cause that eye to turn inward or outward, resulting in a squint.
Muscle imbalance is another cause of squint in children. The muscles responsible for
moving the eyes may not work together properly, causing one eye to drift outwards or
Certain medical conditions may also result in squinting children. These include cerebral
palsy and Down syndrome, among others. In rare cases, squint can be caused by problems
with the nerves that control the movement of the eyes.
It’s important for parents to keep an eye on their child’s vision and behavior to detect any signs of squint early on. Symptoms could include double vision, trouble focusing, or unusual head tilting. If left untreated for too long, squint could lead to amblyopia (lazy eye) or permanent loss of vision.
Treatment options depend on the severity of the condition and underlying cause but may
include glasses or contact lenses for refractive errors; exercises to strengthen eye muscles; and surgery if necessary.
HOW DOES VISION THERAPY HELP IN SQUINT EYE TREATMENT?
Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment option for individuals with strabismus,
commonly known as squint eye. It involves a series of exercises and activities to improve
the coordination between the two eyes. The goal of vision therapy in treating squint eyes is to align both eyes properly and ensure that they work together effectively. Vision Therapy treatment is currently available in Spectra Eye Hospital, Chinar Park and Madhyamgram.
One of the main causes of squint eye is poor eye muscle control. This condition can cause
one eye to turn inward or outward, leading to double vision or poor depth perception.
Vision therapy aims to strengthen the weaker eye muscles and improve their coordination
with the stronger ones through specific exercises such as focusing, tracking, and
Another benefit of vision therapy in treating squint eye is its ability to improve visual
processing skills. These skills are essential for interpreting visual information accurately and efficiently, including depth perception, spatial awareness, and visual memory. By enhancing these skills through vision therapy, patients may experience improved reading comprehension, better sports performance, and increased confidence in daily activities.
Vision therapy can also help individuals with amblyopia or lazy eye - a common condition
that often accompanies squint eye. Amblyopia occurs when one eye does not develop
normal sight during childhood due to a lack of visual stimulation. Vision therapy can be
used to encourage the brain to use the weaker eye more actively and promote binocular
Overall, vision therapy is an effective treatment option for individuals with squint eyes as it focuses on improving muscle control, enhancing visual processing skills, and promoting binocular vision. However, it’s important to note that while some patients may see significant improvement after several weeks of vision therapy sessions, others may require longer treatment times depending on their individual needs.