Medical Q&As

Squint

My 2-year-old son has seen a doctor in Temple St. about a turn in his eye. A prescription was made out straight away for glasses that have to be worn from morning to night. Can you give me some information about the success of corrective measures or is he likely to be wearing glasses for good?

Your child is very fortunate in being diagnosed at this age. Wearing the corrective lenses should be curative and it is normal for such children to be followed up over time to be sure that their visual defect is adequately treated. It does not automatically follow that your child will need glasses for the rest of his life. The turn in his eye, also known as a squint, is a fatigue symptom that develops because of his difficulty in focussing images clearly on his retina. The glasses compensate for this weakness.