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Treatment for squints

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A squint is a condition where the eyes do not look together in the same direction.

The main options for treating squints are:-

  • Treating visual loss if it has occurred
  • Wearing glasses if required to correct any refractive error
  • Surgery is often needed to correct the appearance of the squint itself, and may help to restore binocular vision in some cases

Treating lazy eye

A squint is the main cause of a lazy eye and the younger the child is when diagnosed the more successful the treatment is likely to be. The treatment aims to restrict the use of the good eye to encourage the problem eye to work. If treated early enough the vision will usually improve, often back to a normal level. The most common approach is to put a patch over the good eye for however long is recommended, depending on the severity of the condition. It can take weeks or months for the eye patch to be successful.

Occasionally, eye drops which blur the vision in the good eye are used or glasses that prevent the good eye from seeing clearly can be used instead of an eye patch.

Correcting refractive errors

If a child is long or short-sighted then glasses will be prescribed. This corrects vision in the eye and might also straighten the squinting eye, if the refractive error was the cause of the squint.


In many cases an operation is advised to make the eyes as straight as possible. The main aim of surgery is to improve the appearance of the eyes and, in some cases, surgery may also improve or restore binocular vision - both eyes working together.

Will I need a referral from my GP or optician?

For treatment of squints you will need to be referred by your GP or optician before you book a consultation.

What to do next

Contact the eye centre team to book a consultation with one of our consultant ophthalmic surgeons who will aim to provide you with all the information you need before you embark on your treatment including choice of procedures, what they involve and the associated risks and benefits. You should allow an hour for your consultation. The guide price for a consultation ranges from £200 to £250.

How much does it cost?

A guide price for the treatment of squints starts from £2,625 per eye. The exact cost will depend on the treatment which will be confirmed at your initial consultation.

If you have medical insurance, you may be covered for payment of this procedure. Please check with your insurer to confirm. If you are paying for treatment yourself, we have interest free finance - 0% representative APR available. Download our information flyer or contact the friendly eye centre team for more details.