Cure for squint eye can be achieved if it is diagnosed early. The cure for squint eye depends very much on the cause of squint eye. Sqiunt eye treatment in adults include exercises and the use of glasses that are helpful in achieving the normal binocular vision. Some examples of these squint eye treatment without surgery are as follows:
Glasses and eye patches:
Wearing glasses can be helpful if the reason for squint eyes are vision problems such
as myopia or hypermetropia.
This will help you in both correcting your hypermetropia and keeping your eye aligned. If you have developed a lazy eye, then your eye doctor will suggest you wear eye patches over the fixating eye or will put a few drops of atropine eye drop into your fixating eye to blur its vision to force you to use your affected eye. This will gradually strengthen your weakened eye.
Botulinum toxin injections or botox:
Botulinum toxin is injected into the affected eye under topical anaesthesia to cause temporary paralysis of an eye muscle. This results in the long-term improvement in the alignment of the eyes. It takes 1 to 2 week post-injection to develop the effect, and it lasts up to 3 months.
Squint Eye Exercise:
Your ophthalmologist can teach you a couple of eye exercises to help resolve your squint. Squint eye exercise can act as complementary to the medical treatment for misalignment but cannot be its substitute. Check out the following simple home remedy for squint eye exercises that you can perform at the comfort of your home:
1. Pencil pushup or Home Based Pencil Push-Ups (HBPP):
Take a pencil and hold it in your front. Choose a point that you want to focus on (the pencil tip, or the eraser on the other end, or any mark on the pencil). Keep both eyes focused on this point and slowly move the pencil closer to you till it touches your nose. Keep your eyes fixed to the focal point for as long as you feel comfortable. Stop the exercise when your vision turns blurry. This exercise is a great squint eye treatment in adults and is helpful in “convergence insufficiency.” – A condition when your eyes find it difficult to align. One of the main convergent squint causes is due to close tasks like reading or computer work.
2. Brock string exercise:
This exercise is a good home remedy for squint eye and was developed by a Swiss optometrist named Frederick Brock to help improve eye coordination. Take a string of length about 5 and 12 inches; thread the string with three beads of different colour keeping an equal distance between each of them. Stick one end of the string to a handrail or pin it to the wall while holding the other end to your nose. Look at each bead turn wise. Make sure that you are seeing the same pattern every time. The bead you are looking at is laying at the intersection of two similar strings making an “X”. If you see the “X” before or after that bead, then this is the indication that one of the eyes is not pointing on the bead. Repeat this exercise until you do it right with all the beads.
A surgical procedure is only recommended when all other squint eye treatment without surgery options have failed to correct the eye misalignment.
What is squit surgery?
Squint surgery in adults and babies are performed in the hospital or at a doctor’s clinic where you may have to stay for full or half a day. There is no squint eye surgery age limit as this surgery is safe to perform for all ages.
Before performing the surgery, your ophthalmologist will give you general anaesthesia to sedate you. To correct the misalignment, an ophthalmologist will either tighten or loosen or move some of your eye muscles. During the procedure, you will not feel pain as you will be under the effect of anaesthesia, but after the surgery, you may have some discomfort. You will however be given some antibiotics, steroid eye drops or ointments to heal faster.
You may return to your normal routine in a few days after squint surgery with some precautionary measures. Your doctor may advise you to avoid submerging your head in the water for about 2 weeks after squint surgery and take your medicines properly. You will also be advised to avoid straining your eye too much for some time. In some cases, there arises a requirement for another surgery soon after the first one or maybe a year later due to the reoccurrence of the squint.
Squint surgery in adults and older children is a necessary step. Small children as young as 1 year of age can comfortably be operated. It is advisable to get the surgery done as early as possible, as misalignment can be corrected and binocular vision can be sustained if corrected in early age.
The treatment options for squint eye include:
– Eye patch for non-squinting eye
– Botulinum toxin or BOTOX injection
– Eye exercises: Home Based Pencil Push-Ups and Brock string exercise,
– Surgery to loosen or tighten the eye muscles to correct the misalignment.
Q1. Can squint get corrected on its own?
Squint does not go away on its own, but it is possible to treat all types of squint. Early treatment not only prevents vision loss but also ensures sustained binocular vision.
Q2. Is squint surgery a safe option?
Like any other treatment, surgery has its adverse effect. Your doctor will suggest if squint surgery is the best option for you or not. Overall it is absolutely safe.
Q3. What is the best treatment of squint eye?
Treatment depends on the cause of the squint eye. Your doctor will be the best person to judge which treatment is suitable for you. The treatment options available are:
- Eye patches/eye drop
- Botulinum toxin injection
- Eye exercises
Q4. What care should I take after strabismus surgery?
Your doctor will tell you what all precautions you need to take for some time. Some of them are:
- Take your medicines properly
- Do not strain your eyes too much
- Do not submerge your face into the water for about 2 weeks after the surgery
Q5. Is squint eye correction possible without surgery?
Certainly, there are non-surgical options available for correcting misalignment. Your eye doctor will suggest the option that will work best for you.
Q6. Is squint eye correction possible in adults?
Yes, all forms of squint eye are treatable. But it is advisable to get it treated as early as possible to get the best results.
Q7. Is there any squint eye treatment for babies?
There is no limit on squint eye surgery age. Babies as young as 1-2 years of age can be comfortably operated.
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