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Squint

What is Squint?

Squint ,in layman language means the deviating eye, is a visual defect in which eyes are not in alignment and point in different directions. One eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye may turn inward, outward, upward or downward.

Causes

The exact cause of strabismus is not fully understood. Six eye muscles, controlling the eye movement, are attached to the outside of each eye. In each eye, two muscles function to move the eye right or left. The other four muscles move it up or down or at an angle.

Strabismus is especially common among children with disorders that affect the brain such as:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Hydrocephalus, and
  • Brain tumors.

Symptoms

  • eyes are deviated
  • Vision in the deviated eye is generally weak

When to consult a doctor?

  • When you observe the deviation is increasing day by day, it should be reported.
  • After some diseases like typhoid, also sometimes the deviation develops.
  • If the squint develops after a an accident or without the patient’s realisation the eyes have deviated suddenly, he should immediately report to an ophthalmologist.

Most common types

  • Esotropia- inward movement of the eyes
  • Exotropia-outward movement of the eyes

Treatments

  • Prism therapy
  • Surgeries
  • Exercises

Available doctors

  • Dr. Anuradha Chandra

    MBBS, M.S, FAICO

    Specialization :Cataract, Squint, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Glaucoma
    Dr. A. Chandra completed MBBS & M.S(Opthalmology) from Medical College Kolkata in 2009. She has completed her Senior Residency in Pediatric Opthalmology Strabismus & Pediatric Glaucoma from Dr. R. P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi in 2012. She has numerous papers dealing with Glaucoma, Strabismus and Neurophthalmology in national & international journals.

  • Dr. Sailesh Ranjan Das

    MBBS(Cal), DO(Cal), MS

    Specialization :Squint, Paediatric Ophthalmology

    Dr. Sailesh Ranjan Das joined health service in the year 1983 and rendered service in the rural areas. Later he joined in the Squint & pediatric unit, R.I.O Kolkata and rendered his service for long 16 years.
    He went for IOL training Arvind Eye Hospital also. After his retirement he joined in Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre as a Sr. Consultant in the department of Squint & pediatric ophthalmology unit and still working. He is also a resource teacher’s in AIOS PG refresh course. He is a member of All India Ophthalmology society and State Ophthalmology society (OSWB) too. Thank You!

  • Dr. Asmita Roy

    MBBS, MS, FPOS

    Specialization :Squint, Paediatric Ophthalmology
    Dr. Asmita Ray completed MBBS from Silchar Medical College and Hospital, Silchar, Assam. Completed MS ophthalmology from Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Guwahati, Assam in 2014. Completed Fellowship in Cataract surgery (SICS & Phaco) from Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal.