Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: E. | 2010-09-06

Q.

Squint Eye

My son turns 3 this month &  I''ve noticed the last 2 weeks that his one eye goes squint when focussing on an object. Some days he does it a lot &  other days hardly ever. I don''t think he has any problems with his sight in general. I''ve tested him &  asked him about objects that are near &  far &  he always gets it right. Could it just be a habit that he has discovered &  at what stage do I take him to an opthalmologist?
Also, if he develops a squint eye, can it be corrected?
Thanks so much!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Squints are very common in young children. What is a bit odd here is that your son has only recently stated with a squint.Squints can certainly be treated and treatment will depend on the type of squint that your son has. He should see a paediatric ophthalmologist.

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Posted by: E. | 2010-09-07

Heidi - can you pls send me some names? I was referred to Greg Paulsen at Netcare Blaauwberg.

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Posted by: C | 2010-09-07

My daughter also developed strabismus at 2 yrs old. It was in both eyes. We patched for 6 months, but this did not improve the squints. We opted for surgery thereafter and feel it is the best thing that we could have done for her. Her eyes are 100% straight now, and also her depth perception is spot on, this can be a problem post op.

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Posted by: heidi | 2010-09-07

my daughter was diagnosed with exotropia (strabismus) when she was 6 months old. she could follow and focus 100% but when she looked at something far away, her right eye would drift outwards. she was operated on at 8 months and we haven''t looked back. difference has been amazing. please take your child to an opthalmologist asap to have his eyes tested. it might not be his eyes but then that can be ruled out first. if you are in cape town i can give you a couple of names and numbers if you like. best of luck.

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