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Squint

Squint (Photo from Wellcome Trust)

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Question: What do Barbara Streisand and Abraham Lincoln have in common? Answer: They both started out life with a pronounced squint (technically know as a ‘strabismus’). A squint is when the eyes are misaligned and do not look in the same direction, causing one eye to turn inwards, outwards or sometimes upwards, while the other eye looks forward. The condition affects 5-8% of children (1-2 in every 30) and around four in every 100 adults. Treatment for a squint is most effective in very young children, as the condition will not naturally disappear as the child gets older (in fact, the sight in the affected eye will gradually get worse). Treatment for adults can come in the form of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injections, administered into the target eye muscle with a very fine needle. (The eye-patch you were offered as a child never sounded so appealing!)

If you are worried that your child may have a squint, then read our guide especially for parents on the Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

Watch 5 year old Jake’s operation to correct his squint.

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I am 24 this year, I have one crossed eye. I need to do the surgery but I can't afford the costs. Is not easy to live with this condition . it takes away you confidence. I come 4rm a poor background. Any one who can help with donations to do the surgery please feel free to do so. Thank you.





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I had a squint eye from my birth as my dad also had the squint eye. After several eyes i got it operated and now my eyes are perfectly right and am happy. Now am pregnant and worried what if my baby also gets the squint eye ?? Please answer





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I have a lazy eye and it does seriously affect confidence. I do believe however that we all need to stay positive. I am getting married in 2017 and do not want this to affect my day. I have had surgery on my eye to tighten the muscles so that it may look forward but this has not worked. It is really hard for people up understand how much it can really affect even the simplest tasks in life's.





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I am just over 40 and on the waiting list for corrective surgery for my right eye for the 3rd time. I had the initial operation as a child (I was about 5 I think) and then again in 2003. I am feeling slightly apprehensive about going in this time but I'm not sure why. I guess I'm just worried that it may go awry and not work lol. The comments and the teasing never go away if your eyes are misaligned, whether they are made maliciously or in complete innocence. I currently work with children in primary school and they can be so direct at times that it has taken time to not feel hurt by their questions, although this is much easier said than done.





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I'm 30 years old and had surgery on a major squint a year ago. Cosmetically I am very happy - you would never know I had a squint before. I have to say though that I had made peace with my condition before the surgery, as I spent most of my adult life thinking nothing could be done. Being confident and learning to deal with it is important, and while I would recommend anyone to try surgery, it won't always be successful. Best of luck to anyone in this position.





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i am have squintness in left eye it was due to fever i had when i was 3 year old. now i am 20 years old.is treatment is possible now? i do nat have any vision problem





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Hi I am 47 years of age and have a squit I find that I can't see depth is this a problem





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I am 19 years old in south africa and I have had squint eyes since I was 4.in school I was teased a lot and called names. It has become worse as I get older and now I am extremely shy with absolutely no self confidence and I don't believe I will ever find love as I don't feel comfortable meeting new people. I avoid eye contact at all times and I now wear spectacles with a dark lenses just so I can look at people without them asking me who I am looking atand I think about suicide a lot when i am alone as i dpnt see the point of living if i wont live life to the fullest. I so wish someone can help me with fixing my eyes because I just can't afford surgery although it seems like the only solution to having a self esteem.





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Hello. I was born with squint too and after surgery I was very happy. I had the surgery when I was 19 years old. It really worked. I was just like you called names, shy, no eye contact etc and after surgery my life changed. Email me and I may be able to help u with the surgery pay.

where about is this clinic? Im Rachael Alivale from New Zealand 23 years old I am suffer with my two eye sight I got SQUINT on my eye for a long time and I got this I really need help from you about my eyes I want to finished my studies but the problems is my two eyes is squint I need help and im tired of every surgery I had now but still the same not working





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im also suffering from Lazy eye because of that i was getting bad grades in maths and im only 21 now and im worried about my future 😢

I am 26 and have a squint in my left eye docs say if I have an op the risks out way the rewards but they are not the one that has to live with it day to day it's horrible hate pics and making eye contact is there any surgical ops that can help me thanks dale





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Dale I had an operation (after the consultant made me feel sad when he said why do you want it done, had no compassion even when I was in tears) it seemed to work but after a few years gone back to normal. I've looked at privately (the moorfield hospital in London seems to be outstanding) but it would probably be about £7,000, which sadly I don't have and can't see being in a position to ever have. Like anything there are risks to any operation and doctors would have to mention them. Whatever decision you make, good luck as only people like us can understand the low self esteem and lack of confidence we suffer from x


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A squint is a condition where one eye turns inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forwards. The misalignment of the eye is caused by an incorrect balance of the eye muscles. The medical name is strabismus. Read More »

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