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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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Strabismus (Definition)

Strabismus refers to misalignment of the eyes. It is typically but not exclusively found in children, with up to 4% incidence in some series. There are a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for strabismus, based ...Read more


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Can a lazy eye returm after having strabismus repair surgery as an adult?

Can a lazy eye returm after having strabismus repair surgery as an adult?

Confusing question: Proper vision requires brain input of 2 similar sharp images by well aligned eyeballs.If one eye is sharper than the other, or alignment is bad,the brain may turn off one eye to stop a blurred image.If the vision is off in one eye for an extended period(yrs), amblyopia (lazy eye) can be permanent. Alignment surgery may not hold without vision to keep it on tract.Revision may be necessary/cosmetic ...Read more

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How risky is refractive eye surgery for children?

How risky is refractive eye surgery for children?

Refractive surgery: Is not recommended for children in general. This is due to the fact that the refractive error (i.e. Amount of power in glasses) changes during the first 15-20 years of our lives. It's not a good idea to have refractive surgery until the refractive error is stable for at least 1-2 years. This typically doesn't occur until at least 20 yrs old. ...Read more

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Is there surgery for squint (strabismus)?

Is there surgery for squint (strabismus)?

Yes: Strabismus surgery is usually done by ophthalmologists that have done additional training in this delicate area of eye muscle surgery. Many are affiliated with children's hospitals (more kids need it than adults) or located in larger metropolitan areas. ...Read more

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Is corrective surgery different than cosmetic surgery?

Is corrective surgery different than cosmetic surgery?

Usually: Corrective surgery is to repair a deformity like cleft lip, while cosmetic surgery is to repair nonessential problems like wrinkles. Certainly corrective surgery can make you look better ...Read more

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How risky is strabismus (wandering) eye surgery?

How risky is  strabismus (wandering) eye surgery?

See below: Every eye surgery has risks including bleeding, infection, need for more surgery, etc. Luckily these risks are rare. You need to have a frank discussion with the ophthalmologist recommending strabismus surgery for you. ...Read more

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Can children have their refractive errors corrected with laser surgery?

Can children have their refractive errors corrected with laser surgery?

Not standard: However there are peds ophtho who will do lasik on children to prevent amblyopia (help anisometropia). < age 18 is considered off label use. ...Read more

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Can you correct strabismus in adult with amblyopia?

Can you correct strabismus in adult with amblyopia?

Yes: It is certainly possible and your surgeon should be able to give you your chance of success. You need a pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can vision correction surgery work?

Can vision correction surgery work?

Yes: Lasik and prk vision surgery have been performed millions of times with mostly excellent results. So it works to improve vision. Like all surgery there is a risk, rather tiny, of problems but most do very well. ...Read more

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Chordee surgery when you're an adult?

Chordee surgery when you're an adult?

It depends: You will need to see a urologist to determine if the chordee should be corrected. ...Read more

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Is corrective jaw surgery effective for torticollis?

Is  corrective jaw surgery effective for torticollis?

No: Torticollis is a neck problem. Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is used to correct jaw deformities, and would have no effect on torticollis. ...Read more

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When is strabismus surgery needed?

When is strabismus surgery needed?

Disabling diplopia: Not able to be corrected by other means such as various prisms, refraction, occlusion, etc. ...Read more

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Will upper blepharoplasty --> ptosis correction of one eye?

Will upper blepharoplasty --> ptosis correction of one eye?

Not exactly: Ptosis of the eyelid is corrected, in most cases, by advancing the levator muscle, which raises the eyelid. It is done through the same type of incision as a blepharoplasty and the two procedures are often combined in older people. In some cases, ptosis is corrected by an incision on the inside of the eyelid, which would not be combined with blepharoplasty. ...Read more

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What causes adult strabismus?

What causes adult strabismus?

Adult strabismus: Adult strabismus has multiple causes, including worsening of the natural eye alignment, trauma, brain tumors (rare), etc. If you are starting to have double vision, or if you are noticing trouble focusing, call your ophthalmologist for an appointment and have someone else drive you to the appointment. ...Read more

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Anyone had scoliosis surgery in adulthood?

Anyone had scoliosis surgery in adulthood?

Not many people have: Scoliosis surgery in adulthood is not common for obvious reason scoliosis is growing skeleton disease, some ignore that so they have problem in adulthood, and another reason some congenital scoliosis also could have surgery in this age. Traumatic scoliosis could happen in adulthood. ...Read more

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Is a 4th surgery recommended for adult strabismus bc of double vision?

Is a 4th surgery recommended for adult strabismus bc of double vision?

Maybe: If you are having double vision and measurements are consistent, then a 4th surgery may be considered. Your surgeon will not to be cautious not to disrupt too many muscle since this increases the risk of anterior segment ischemia. ...Read more

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Can you correct strabism in adults with amblyopia?

Can you correct strabism in adults with amblyopia?

Yes: Strabismus refers to an eye that turns the wrong way. Surgery can straighten the eye, but if the amblyopia (brain ignoring the eye, not seeing well) is severe, the eye may go back to turning. Good news: the surgery is pretty easy to go through, and works very well. ...Read more

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Is lasik eye surgery a cosmetic procedure?

LASIK surgery: Lasik surgery is an elective surgery that is typically not covered by insurance. Another term is to call lasik a self-pay surgery (rather than an insurance-covered procedure). I hope this helps best regards bill trattler, md. ...Read more

Dr. Mitchell Vogel
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Cross Eyed (Definition)

Cross eyed = strabismus = esotropia = condition in which one or both eyes are turned ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

A condition that occurs when one eye does not see as well as, or align properly ...Read more