A squint is a condition where your eyes look in different directions. One eye turns inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forwards. The medical name for a squint is strabismus. The misalignment of the eyes can be caused by a problem with the eye muscles or by an uncorrected vision problem, such as short sight or more commonly long sight. It is very important that a squint is picked up and treated as early as possible to avoid vision problems developing. If a squint is identified when a child is young, there is a good chance that it will be successfully treated. Treatments of squints vary with severity from glasses, patching, eye exercises and in more severe cases surgery.