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Get Rid of Those Annoying Squints: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Do you have an annoying squint that’s ruining your appearance and making it difficult to see? Squints are a common eye condition in which the eyes point in different directions, causing them to look in two different directions at the same time. They can be caused by several factors and can be treated with a range ofSquint treatments 

In this blog post from Noble Eye Care, we’ll explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments for squints to help you get rid of those annoying squints.

Types of Squint

In most cases, squints are present from birth or early childhood. If you notice that your child has any type of squint, it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome. With prompt treatment, most people can achieve a full recovery from their squint and live a normal life.

1) Esotropia

This type of squint involves an inward turning of the eye. It is more common in children and is sometimes known as a “cross-eye” or “wall-eye”.

2) Exotropia

This type of squint involves an outward turning of the eye. It is more common in adults and can often be seen when someone looks in a certain direction, such as up and to the left.

3) Hypertropia

This type of squint involves an upward turning of one eye. This can cause double vision, blurred vision, and headaches.

4) Hypotropia

This type of squint involves a downward turning of one eye. This can also cause double vision, blurred vision, and headaches.

5) Alternating Squint

This type of squint occurs when each eye turns in different directions at different times. This can cause the person to have difficulty focusing on objects and may also lead to headaches. 

Squint Treatment

Squint treatment involves corrective eyeglasses, vision therapy, eye exercises, or in some cases, surgery. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the squint. Let’s learn more about squint treatment options.

1) Eyeglasses

The most common type of treatment for squints is the use of eyeglasses, which can correct vision problems caused by squinting. Eyeglasses may also be used to help correct the misalignment of the eyes.

2) Surgery

Surgery is another option for treating squints. This involves surgically realigning the muscles that control eye movement. In some cases, the eyeballs may need to be repositioned to straighten them out.

3) Vision therapy

Vision therapy is a type of therapy that helps to improve the way the eyes move together, helping to reduce squinting and other related issues. This form of treatment can also help improve eye coordination and visual skills.

4) Lifestyle changes

Making certain lifestyle changes can help reduce or eliminate squinting. These changes include avoiding harsh lighting, limiting time spent staring at screens, and reducing stress. It’s also important to wear sunglasses outdoors to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.

5) Eye exercises

Performing certain eye exercises can help strengthen the eye muscles, resulting in improved vision and reduced squinting. Eye exercises can range from simple tasks such as tracing letters and focusing on different objects to more complex activities such as eye-hand coordination drills.

Exercise Ideas for Squint Treatment without Surgery

These exercises can be beneficial for treating mild squints and may even prevent them from getting worse. However, if squinting persists or gets worse, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.

1) Eye rolling

Rolling the eyes gently in a circular motion for about 10 seconds can help relax and strengthen the eye muscles that are causing the squint.

2) Palming

Covering the eyes with the palms of your hands helps relax the eye muscles and increase blood circulation to the area.

3) Pencil pushups

Holding a pencil at arm’s length, then pushing it towards the nose and back to arm’s length again can help strengthen the eye muscles.

4) Focusing

Switching focus between objects that are close and far away is another exercise that helps strengthen the eye muscles.

5) Eye rotations

Gently rotating the eyes in a clockwise direction and then anti-clockwise can also help strengthen the eye muscles.

6) Eye relaxation

Closing your eyes and visualizing a calming image can help relax the eye muscles and reduce squinting.


Squinting may seem like an innocent enough act, but it can have serious implications for your vision. In some cases, squinting can be a sign of a medical condition that needs to be addressed. Whether you’re experiencing frequent squints or have noticed your child squinting more often than usual, it’s important to understand what causes them, what symptoms to look out for, and how to treat them.

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