After an initial consultation and full eye assessment, we will tell you which type of treatment is applicable.
The first step in addressing a squint is to provide a glasses prescription that will enable the eye to develop correctly and straighten.
If this doesn’t work, the other option is surgery to realign the eyes.
Squint surgery is considered to be a functional procedure if the brain can restore the use of both eyes working together.
In cases where one eye is switched off by the brain (suppression), there is no ability to make the two eyes function together. However, we can cosmetically enhance the appearance of the eye by making the deviated eye appear straight with cosmetic eye squint surgery. This can help restore eye contact as well as confidence.
Eye squint surgery must be carried out under general anaesthetic.
To determine the best eye alignment, we measure the squint on two pre-operative visits. The muscles on one or both eyes may be adjusted accordingly.
Post-operatively, you may be given an eye shield to wear for 24 hours. We instil drops into the eye for two weeks and review the eye at this stage. After eye squint surgery, you should not swim or wear contact lenses for two weeks.