How does squint treatment work?

How does squint treatment work?


[Music] How can we treat a squint? Well that depends
on the underlying condition causing the squint and also what other requirements of the patient.
The patient who has a squint may, for example, be appreciating double vision, or diplopia,
in that they see two separate pictures. In that situation we can sometimes treat it as
simply as putting a special lens in front of the eye, called a prism, that moves the
two pictures together and gets rid of the double vision. If the squint is more significant
than that, it’s quite a large deviation and it causes some sort of social interaction
problems. For example I have many patients who come from frontline services dealing with
people frontline where they find it difficult to communicate with their customers because
their eye for example constantly deviates outwards and their customer doesn’t know if
they’re looking at something else or looking at them. And we can treat that in various
different ways, for example we can inject Botox to the muscle which relaxes the muscle
and allows the eye to sit in a straighter position and sometimes we can even do surgery
to realign the muscles to allow the eye to be held in a more straight position. The important
thing is to perform a full and careful assessment of the eye and all its movements. We can typically
take about an hour or more to do this and then deciding on what is the underlying cause
of this squint and therefore what is the most suitable treatment for that particular patient.

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