At what age should a squint be corrected?

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At what age should a squint be corrected?
« on: 30/12/2009 10:28:02 »
Newborns often manifest squints, but at what age would this be considered pathological and how should it be investigated and corrected?

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At what age should a squint be corrected?
« Reply #1 on: 06/10/2010 19:55:50 »
Strabismus, or squint treatment is primarily concerned with visual function rather than cosmetic appearances.  After a full visual assesment, patching is usually the first choice of treatment.  This treatment should be managed by an orthoptist rather than an ophthalmologist, through patching a strabismus can continue correcting up to about 7 or 8 years of age, however the younger treatment starts the better.  Surgery has a small amount of benefit for visual improvement when compared to other therapies such as patching.  The aesthetics of straightening the eye should be left until visual function improves and can be done at almost any age, however the younger the child, the more risks are associated with the anaesthetic.