Straightening ‘crossed eyes’
Misdirection of the two eyes is termed as squint (strabismus). Inward deviation of eyes (crossed eyes) is the commonest form of squint in children. If not treated at the appropriate time a condition called amblyopia (lazy eye) develops, which eventually leads to permanent decrease in vision. Many a times children with squint are socially ostracized by their friends and this leads to an inferiority complex. Depending on the cause, various modalities of treatment include spectacles, eye exercises and surgery.
Myths regarding squint in children