Squint Specialist in Pune
Trusted eye hospital in Viman Nagar
A person is said to have squint when both the eyes of the individual are not aligned with one another. Also known as strabismus, it has been observed that over a third of cases with this affliction can be cured by using spectacles or doing eye exercises. However, a large number of them need surgical intervention to correct the problem. These operations are safe and are best done at the earliest instant. In case the eyes do not get aligned in over 6 months for a baby, irreversible damage can be caused to the 3D vision. This condition cannot be then fully reversed to a normal state. Nowadays, squint surgeries are done successfully even in 4-month-old babies. The operation should be done within six months of noticing the squint for the best outcome.
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What is squint (strabismus)?
A person is said to have squinting eyes if both are not aligned when looking in the same direction. This misalignment may be constant or may happen only at certain times. The second type is referred to as an intermittent squint.
What are the causes of a squint (strabismus)?
The conditions listed below may cause squint or strabismus:
- If the problem is hereditary, there is a high probability that the child may develop a squint in the first six months of its life.
- A squint may develop if an eye has refractive errors. The child may turn the eye inward to focus better.
- The child can develop a squint if it has brain disorders.
- Some viral infections such as measles can cause squinted eyes in the child.
If the child develops a squint, it is important to correct the problem at the earliest so that there is no vision loss.
How is squint diagnosed?
Squint is diagnosed by an ophthalmologist specializing in that field. The doctor will do a few special tests to confirm the presence of squint and find out the reason behind the squint. In some cases, there may be a false appearance of squint due to a broad nasal bridge in a child. This is known as pseudo squint.
What are the aims of treating a squint?
The aims of treating a squint in order of importance are:
- To preserve or restore vision
- Straighten the eyes
- Restore 3D vision
What are the treatment options for a squint (strabismus)?
A diagnosed squint needs early treatment. Otherwise, it has been observed that complications may arise quickly and the patient may be left with conditions such as lazy eye (amblyopia). A younger person shows a better response to the treatment. Different treatment options such as the ones below exist:
- For children that have long sight or hypermetropia, glasses to do away with the quint are prescribed.
- Sometimes, an eye patch is prescribed to be worn over the normal eye to correct the movement of the other eye.
- The doctor sometimes prescribes an eye drops that are to be used and also suggests orthoptic exercises that would help to remove the squint.
- Botox injection into the muscle at the surface of the eye may be suggested if the squint appeared suddenly for no reason. The muscle is weakened temporarily to help the affected eye align itself.
- Eye surgery is resorted to when the other treatment options have not produced any positive result. However, surgery gives the best results by restoring binocular vision and realigning the squinted eyes. During the surgery, the muscle that connects to the eye may have to be repositioned and at other times, both eyes may have to be operated on. This is typically an outpatient procedure and the patient can start working from the very next day. The outcomes of such surgeries are usually very good.
When should surgery be done?
In a child, the treatment of squint and any associated amblyopia should be started as soon as possible. Generally speaking the younger the age at which amblyopia is treated the better the chance of recovery of vision. Remember that the child would never grow out of squint. A delay in treatment may decrease the chances of getting a good alignment and vision. So earlier the better!
What are the success rates of a squint surgery?
Nearly 80-90% of patients are successfully corrected in the straight-ahead position with just one surgery. In some patients, the surgery may be only partially successful. In some patients the eye alignment will change over time, resulting in the need for additional surgery after a few months or years.
Why choose Aakash Eye Clinic and Laser Centre,Pune?
If you are looking for the best Squint doctors in Pune, Aakash Eye Clinic and Laser Centre is the best place to come to. At Aakash Eye Clinic and Laser Centre, we have the best squint doctors in Pune who know how to treat children with a squint, Our Paediatric ward is equipped to provide the best care to children undergoing squint surgery in Pune. The doctors follow safety protocols and our hospital is backed by cutting-edge technology. Aakash Eye Clinic and Laser Centre has the best squint surgeons in Pune who would provide the best ophthalmic care for these little children.