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When either eye of your child is noted to not be ‘straight’ it is time to see your GP or an eye doctor. Most children will have a minor issue or difficulty focusing. “Squints” are actually very common. But a small number of children have a serious cause, so don’t delay being seen.
Probably the most common question I am asked. Because the children I look after have important eye problems that can cause permanent vision loss or impact a child’s function I say that many will always see better with glasses or contact lenses. However, after age 7 or 8, with the younger years being the key in visual development, glasses often become much less crucial. Every child tends to decide what they need after that age.
No, blocking or blurring vision from a child’s normal eye is simply a way of encouraging the brain to use the other eye and so form the neural connections that provide normal vision for the rest of your life. It’s a bit like building the computer hardware in the brain. Improving vision in a poorly seeing eye does not make the 2 eyes line up. But once the vision is good then surgery will be highly effective.