Q. Why am I not able to focus both the eyes on a single point?

Answered by
Dr. Shikha
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 06, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 26, 2020

Hi doctor,

When I look towards my left, I can use either left eye or right eye. I am unable to focus both the eyes on a single point. Also, When I move my eyes towards left, my left eyeball goes little upward than the right. Please help.



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  • This is a very distressing situation being not able to focus both of the eyes at a single point at a time.
  • This is a situation known as squint. It is because of fusion abnormality when the image from both the eyes is not formed at a single point on the retina.
  • At first, get your refraction done and get it corrected.
  • Both the eye muscles try to focus at a point as long as the muscle gets fatigue. So, the symptoms increase as the day progresses.
  • As you told your eye gets up and outwards, this occurs because of inferior oblique muscle overaction.
  • Based on your symptoms, it is a very early stage of squint. Try to get your refraction corrected as soon as possible.
  • I would like to know if you have suffered any type of trauma recently.

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