Strabismus in children hinders social integration

Strabismus in children hinders social integration

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Strabismus is a condition of the eyes that causes the child to look at the cross. The researchers claim that the little ones who suffer from strabismus are more difficult to accept socially, by other children, so they recommend urgently to correct this defect before the age of 6 years.

What is strabismus?

Strabismus is a visual disorder in which both eyes cannot focus on one image at a time.

The musculature present around each eye is the one that determines the movement at the same time and the same direction of both eyes. Strabismus occurs when there is an imbalance in the functioning of the ocular muscles and no longer properly coordinates eye movements.

Swiss specialists claim that the negative attitudes of rejection by others of such children appear around the age of 6 years. They argue that parents should not wait this age to begin correcting strabismus and that surgery is required in this regard by the age of 5 years. Strabismus is a visual condition that can be treated.

The psychological effect of strabismus on children

Although there are numerous studies that show that there is a negative psychological effect of strabismus on adults, specialists have studied closely the phenomenon in children.

The Swiss underwent a group of 118 children, ranging in age from 3-12 years (average age being 7). They showed them pictures with 6 pairs of twins (half boys and half girls). Each photo featured a couple of children, and one of them had modified the shape of the eyes by digital processing, so as to give the sensation that he has strabismus.

While the photos were being shown, the specialists asked which of the two children in each photo would invite them to their day.

What were the results?

Children 6 and older did not choose children with strabismus to invite them to the party. None of the children aged 6-8 chose any child with strabismus, but 3 children aged 4-6 chose for them.

While the younger children failed to notice the differences in detail, the older children were able to identify the disproportion of their eyes and how they look. The explanation is that the little ones tend to see things piece by piece and not holistically, as a whole, as they may not find anything doubtful in the aspect of the strabismus.

Test conclusion

Finally, the Swiss researchers argue that the best thing for the child's mental health and, why not, the social one is to have his strabismus surgically corrected before he is 6 years old.

It is a good thing that they can do for them, not needing to face the refusals and uncomfortable looks of the others and thus creating complexes of inferiority and frustration that could mark them in the long term.

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