Please verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Enter your email address

We have sent you a verification email. Please check your inbox and spam folder.

Unable to send verification, please refresh and try again later.

  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is Strabismus? Is it like a squint?

  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • Dr Sonia Moorthy

    Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

    Dr Sonia Moorthy is an accomplished ophthalmologist, providing specialist eye care for both adult and paediatric patients. She has expertise in a range of conditions … View Profile

    Spot on! What is commonly called a squint is clinically termed strabismus, an eye misalignment. An inward and outward turn is the commonest presentation in children and adults. A vertical misalignment can also occur, resulting in a compensatory head posture as this helps to retain single vision. Visual consequences do differ for children and adults. In children, if the turn favours one eye, a drop in vision can occur resulting in a lazy eye (amblyopia). It’s more a lazy brain than a lazy eye as my mentor used to say! The critical period of vision development does occur up to age 7 so the sooner this is picked up and treated, the better.

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

Empowering Australians to make better health choices