WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR CHILDREN WITH SQUINT?
The treatments for squint and amblyopia are generally very effective if the squint is detected and treated early. In these cases, most children will have good vision in each eye in the long-term.
If a squint or amblyopia is not picked up before the age of 7/8 years old then it can have a permanent effect on the vision in one eye. The level of vision in this eye will vary between individuals and some may retain a reasonable level of sight. Most people who have had a squint or lazy eye since childhood that wasn’t successfully treated are totally adapted to having poorer vision in one eye and it doesn’t cause them any problems day to day.
Poor vision in one eye can reduce depth perception which can cause difficulties with judging distances as well as activities such as catching a ball, or navigating steps. However, children with a lazy eye are totally adapted to this and their brain finds other ways of judging distances so these difficulties are generally not a problem. If your child has a squint or lazy eye, they won’t be able to fully see the 3D effects in 3D films.
In the future, even if they have reduced vision in one eye your child would still be able to drive a car as long as the vision in their remaining eye is unaffected by other eye conditions and meets the driving standard. Some professions, such as being a pilot, police officer, some professional drivers, or some areas of the forces require a certain level of vision to be reached in both eyes and both eyes working together. Keeping this in mind can help you and your child plan their career choice for the future.