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How to treat squint in a child?

Q: We have a 3 and 1/2 year daughter. We are not able to perceive but on the advice of of a physician, we took her to a squint specialist. He said that she had moderate squint and either glass or surgery will cure this. But the point is we cannot perceive that she has squint while the doctor says she has moderate (not slight). Is this possible, having a squint which normally is not perceivable? We are quite disturbed.

A:It is possible that the child may have an intermittent squint, which may be visible only when the child is tired or sick or, the child may have a squint only for distance or only for near. A squint specialist is trained to detect such squints. Treatment includes glasses and/or surgery and it must be implemented so that the child may develop some degree of binocular vision. Treatment for the development of amblyopia (Lazy eye), if present, must also be strictly followed. A second opinion may also be considered.


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