What is a squint?
Squint", "strabismus" and "heterotropia" refer to a range of conditions in which the eyes are not pointing in the same direction or are otherwise misaligned.
Surgery can be used to improve the alignment of the eyes (and therefore their appearance) and to help the eyes work together
What is involved?
Surgery is not always necessary, but if it is, the surgery involves moving the muscles attached to the outside of the eye to a new position. It may be necessary to operate on both eyes to balance them, even if the squint is only in one eye.
The operation is carried out under general anaesthetic and it is often carried out as a day case, so you can go home the same day.
Recovering from surgery
It can take several weeks to fully recover from corrective eye surgery. After surgery, you may have a sore eye for a few days. There is no need to wear a patch or bandage at home and you can return to daily activities, such as reading, as soon as you feel able to. The aim is to get the eyes working normally as quickly as possible.