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Treatment options

Prompt treatment reduces the risk of complications, such as amblyopia, or lazy eye. The younger the patient is, the more effective treatment is likely to be. Eye drops are one solution for certain types of squint.

Treatment options include:

Glasses: If hypermetropia, or long-sightedness, is causing the squint, glasses can usually correct it.

Eye patch: Worn over the good eye, a patch can get the other eye, the one with the squint, to work better.

Botulinum toxin injection, or botox: this is injected into a muscle on the surface of the eye. The doctor may recommend this treatment if no underlying cause can be identified, and if signs and symptoms appear suddenly. The botox temporarily weakens the injected muscle, and this can help the eyes to align properly.

Eye drops and eye exercises may help.

Surgery is only used if other treatments are not effective. It can realign the eyes and restore binocular vision. The surgeon moves the muscle that connects to the eye to a new position. Sometimes both eyes need to be operated on to get the right balance.

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