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Fifteen-minute consultation: Managing a child with a new-onset squint
  1. Abigail Hopkins1,
  2. Ian Simmons2
  1. 1 East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield, UK
  2. 2 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abigail Hopkins, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield LS22 5AU, UK; abigail.hopkins1{at}


Objective To provide a systematic approach to the child with a new squint.

Method Review of the current available literature.

Conclusion Squint is a common presentation in the paediatric population. Although the parents’ primary concern may be cosmetic, a new squint in childhood may be the first sign of a serious or life-threatening ocular or neurological pathology. Thorough assessment and timely referral are essential.

  • strabismus
  • paediatric ophthalmology
  • squint
  • acute-onset strabismus

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.