Fact: They do not. Although the eyes are initially un-coordinated, control of eye movements is achieved at approximately three months of age.
Fact: No child is too young to be examined for a squint. If squinting is present and detected early, appropriate treatment can be given.
Fact: The child can suffer loss of vision (amblyopia) in the squinting eye. This may become permanent if neglected.
Fact: A small squint is as likely to result in amblyopia and defective binocular vision as a large squint. The child should be referred to the eye doctor as early as possible for treatment.
Fact: Although surgery can be performed at any age, it may only improve the cosmetic appearance. Early surgery (after appropriate amblyopia treatment) provides the chance for full coordination of both eyes and binocular (3-dimensional) vision.
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