Squint is the condition of the eyes in which the muscles of the eye are weak, which is why the eyeball is forced to focus in a different direction, while the vision of the health eye is focused on a central straight path. Generally, squint is seen in only one eye of an individual. This means that one of the eyes performs absolutely fine, with the other eye being deviated from its normal position. This means that the affected eye will look upwards, downwards, inwards, or outwards, but not on the central focal path. And, it is only rare that both the eyes of an individual will suffer from the condition. Whatever the condition, and whether one or both eyes are affected, there is nothing to worry, as this problem is easily curable.
What causes squint?
There could be one of the two reasons causing the squint. The most general reason is the weakness of the eye muscles. But, another reason could also be the cause behind the condition, which is weakness in the part of the brain that controls eye movement.
How can squint be treated?
- The most basic type of treatment given to squint patients that are suffering from only a simple squint condition, or those who are in the early stages of squint, involves the use of eye glasses and contact lenses.
- Other than this, an eye patch may also be recommended to cover the healthy eye, so that the affected eye if forced to focus on objects, thus strengthening its working, and improving vision. However, this is a very time consuming process, where the patient needs to be extremely patient, as the results may show up only in a few years’ time.
- When nothing else works, or when the squint is in a worse stage, or when the patient is looking for immediate results, one way to bring the best results is squint eye surgery, which helps correct the positioning of the eyeball, thus correcting the vision.
What is squint eye surgery?
In the process of squint eye surgery, the muscles that move the eye are corrected. The weak muscles are tightened to lose suppleness, by moving them towards the center of the pupil, thus helping to correct the focus of the eyeball. This surgery is being practiced for a long time now, and with every year, the process is only perfected and more equipped, getting a success rate of 100%. The surgery is safely prescribed for both adults as well as children. However, the surgery must not be performed on an older aged citizen, because the eyes muscles tend to adjust to the crooked vision with age, making it very difficult to fix them back to normal. It is thus recommended to have the surgery done as soon as the squint is recognized.
NOTE: While the surgery is safe for almost everyone who undergoes it, an individual suffering from high blood pressure or other health problems is recommended to stick to eye glass, contact lens, and eye patching treatment options.
Cost of squint eye surgery
A squint eye surgery in India can cost anywhere between Rs. 25,000 and 1 lakh! The huge difference can be because of a variety of factors like the city, the location, the surgeon, the technology used, and other resources required for the surgery. You must thus get in touch with a professional specialist to discuss all the possible options. At Arohi Eye Hospital, there is a special paediatric and strabismus specialist, who has enough experience and skill to treat squint in adults as well as children. So, no matter who in your family is suffering from squint, Arohi Eye Hospital, the best squint specialist in Mumbai, is where you can go for the perfect treatment.