Pediatric Squint Clinic
A congenital cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that is present at birth. The lens of the eye is normally clear. It focuses light that comes into the sight onto the retina. Unlike most cataracts, which occur with ageing, congenital cataracts are present at birth.
A squint is when an eye turns or wanders so that it does not work with the other eye. The eye may turn inwards, outwards or occasionally upwards or downwards. The eye may turn all of the time or only sometimes, for example when the child is tired or concentrating.