Can I Have Laser Eye Surgery if I Have A Squint?
It’s not the name of some Greek god like Hephaestus, who was in fact cast of Mount Olympus by his mother for not meeting her aesthetic ideals.
The word is used to describe what is more commonly referred to as a squint, a medical condition where the eyes point in different directions.
As well as an apparent difference in the appearance of the eyes, a squint can also cause blurred vision, a lazy eye, or double vision. Since most squints occur or develop during childhood, they’re most often treated before they fully develop.
This is typically through the use of glasses at a younger age, since many squints are caused by the eyes compensating for some other visual impairment.
Although it may not necessarily sound it, this is great news. As a squint is typically caused by a visual impairment such as shortsightedness, longsightedness, or astigmatism, it means anyone suffering from it may be a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery.
Laser Eye Surgery: Finally a cure for squinting?
There is a common misconception that Laser Eye Surgery is ineffective as a treatment of strabismus.
In a way, this is true because Laser Eye Surgery does not involve the muscles around the eye which are behind the condition, and thus cannot be used to treat a squint.
However, if you are an adult who suffers from a squint, a corrective eye surgery, not Laser Eye Surgery, is an option.
In this surgery, the muscles in the eye that control movement are rearranged. In some cases, several procedures may be necessary.
Jacqueline went to see Professor Reinstein after suffering from a squint for more than five decades. Needless to say, she didn’t have high expectations for improvement.
She was soon shocked to learn that there was a procedure that could actually work for her. Three years later, after having corrective eye surgery, she still doesn’t have to wear glasses or contacts, she can see underwater, she doesn’t have to fret over tedious preparations when travelling.
For Jacqueline, her experience with the corrective eye surgery and with London Vision Clinic has been nothing short of life-changing.
If you are one of many people who do suffer from a squint (hello Ryan Gosling), but are unsure if you’re a suitable candidate for Laser Eye Surgery, you’ll be pleased to know you can undergo some non-obligatory tests to identify your suitability.
Our surgeons are world-renowned and our supportive staff are here to answer your questions and provide options for you, without the highstreet pressure.
Contact a Patient Care Coordinator on 0207 224 1005 to have a chat or to schedule your first consultation today.
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