This exceedingly common inherited problem of childhood has already been considered, but it is worth summarising some of the main features. All cases of squint require full ophthalmological examination because the condition can be associated with treatable eye disease,most commonly amblyopia of disuse. There is no reason why any patient, child or adult, should suffer the indignity of looking "squint eyed" because the eyes can be straightened by surgery. In spite of this, it is not always possible to restore the full simultaneous use of the two eyes together (binocular vision). In general, the earlier in life that treatment is started, the better the prognosis.

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