Strabismus and amblyopia in childhood (squint and lazy eye)

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Strabismus, often referred to as a squint and sometimes as a ‘turn’ in the eye is an eye condition where the eyes do not look in the same direction as each other.

This means that while one eye looks forwards to focus on an object, the other eye turns either inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards. The eyes do not work together as a pair all the time.

Most strabismus develops in young children. Strabismus can also develop in adults, but an adult will develop strabismus for different reasons than a child will. This information will focus on childhood strabismus.

For the purpose of this information, we will refer to the medical terms, strabismus for squint and amblyopia for lazy eye.

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