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Squint problem in babies

In this article you will find all information about, squint in children.

A squint is when eyes do not look in the same direction at the same time.


Babies under the age of 4 months often squint because the mechanism that co ordinate the eyes is not fully developed. A squint in older children is because of long sightedness.

Short-sightedness (myopia) other people have eyes that are too long, so the light focuses in front of the retina (they are short-sighted). This means that they cannot see things clearly if they are far away from them (such as the TV or board at school).

Symptoms: When the baby is looking directly at an object you should notice,

An eye that turns too far in then its called convergent squint.
An eye that turns too far out then its called a divergent squint.
An eye up and down then it’s called a vertical squint.
General care:

See a doctor if the baby is older than 4 months and still you notice the squint.
Be aware that a baby with wide bridge to the nose can appear to have a squint when there is none.
If a squint is diagnosed, the baby will be referred to an ophthalmologist, who may prescribe, an operation to correct squint surgically or eye exercise or any other treatment.
As long as treatment is provided soon after a squint appearing, the baby’s vision should develop normally.