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Can you become blind from strabismus surgery?

Can you become blind from strabismus surgery?

Unlikely: Blindness from strabismus surgery is a rare and unlikely complication. Statistically, it is probably more dangerous to drive in a car for the surgery than to have the anesthesia and surgery for most people. ...Read more

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 you go blind from strabismus surgery?

Can you go blind from strabismus surgery?

Rare complication: Any eye surgery can result in complications, including loss of vision, but this is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Can you turn blind from strabismus surgery?

Can you turn blind from strabismus surgery?

Unlikely: Strabismus surgery works on structures out side of the eyeball & as such will not enter the visual pathway. A group of muscles attach to the eyeball & line up the eyes for proper vision. The surgery can shorten one or more of these muscles to re-allign the eyeball. I suppose we could all go blind the day we had a tooth filled, but having the tooth filled would not necessarily be the cause. ...Read more

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I'm blind in my left eye and have developed a lazy eye, will strabismus surgery help me?

I'm blind in my left eye and have developed a lazy eye, will strabismus surgery help me?

Likely: I am assuming your blind left eye has become "lazy." if the eyeball itself looks normal, but is just misdirected, you probably are a good candidate for strabismus surgery.

Pediatric ophthalmologists are specialists in adult strabismus. Have a visit with one of these!

they helped me! ...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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Is strabismus surgery painful to have done?

Is strabismus surgery painful to have done?

Mildly: Strabismus surgery involves the alteration of the length of eye muscles so the eyes are in alignment. Mostly done in children under general anesthesia but also can be done in adults frequently under local. The type of anesthesia in all cases takes away any pain. Afterwards the eyes can be a bit sore but pain medication is rarely needed. ...Read more

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What are some complications from strabismus surgery?

Discuss with your MD: Of course discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives of surgery with your ophthalmologist. Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, undercorrection, overcorrection, need for additional surgery, loss of the eye muscle, and penetration of the sclera causing a retinal disorder. ...Read more

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Could you give me more insight on strabismus surgery?

Could you give me more insight on strabismus surgery?

More on strabismus: Difficult to say more without knowing your specific problem. Please contact you eye surgeon and set up an appointment for a discussion of your concerns. ...Read more

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Will I still need glasses after getting strabismus surgery?

Will I still need glasses after getting strabismus surgery?

Hard to say: Since strabismus can develop when one eye is weaker than the other, the surgery just helps line you up. It will not end any deficiency in the weaker eye that lead to the problem. If you do not bring the weaker eye up to proper strength, it could recur or you could develop further visual impairment. ...Read more

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Botox for over corrected strabismus surgery, will it be painful?

Botox for over corrected strabismus surgery, will it be painful?

Botox: Yes, to some degree. You should speak with the surgeon, and perhaps request this to be done in an outpatient center, with sedation, if you prefer. ...Read more

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Is it ok to fly after strabismus surgery? If not how long should I wait to travel?

Is it ok to fly after strabismus surgery? If not how long should I wait to travel?

Don't see a reason: Not to fly in a pressurized passenger plane, but why not ask the surgeon who performed the surgery about all the do's and don't 's, after the surgery? ...Read more

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Strabismus surgery didn't work. If anything it made me even more miserable. What do I do?

Strabismus surgery didn't work. If anything it made me even more miserable. What do I do?

Acupuncture: I would consult with an acupuncturist and chinese mediciel practitioner. You will be amazed at ahow they help the body repair and recover. ...Read more

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Is strabismus surgery painful?

No: Anesthesia is used, so there is no pain. After surgery, discomfort is mild and can be often controlled with drugs like tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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How effective is strabismus surgery?

How effective is strabismus surgery?

Very effective: For most patients with strabismus, surgical correction is very safe and effective. There is a 20-30% chance of needing subsequent surgery at some point if recurrent strabismus occurs but the surgery should definitely improve this issue. Some forms of strabismus are less amenable to surgery so you should see a strabismus doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How dangerous is strabismus surgery?

How dangerous is strabismus surgery?

Not dangerous at all: Strabismis surgery is commonly performed with good results. It is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Will insurance cover strabismus surgery?

Will insurance cover strabismus surgery?

Yes: This is a medical condition, not cosmetic.
Do call your Insurance company to check on deductibles, copays etc. That is what matters, regarding coverage. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about strabismus surgery?

Strabismus surgery: First, a comprehensive evaluation, during which measurements are taken of the deviation. Then in either an outpatient center or hospital, with you under twilight or general anesthesia, the surgeon adjusts the muscles by moving them futher back on the outer wall of the eye to weaken their pull, or foward, to strengthen their pull. This may be done only on one eye, or both, depending on the need. ...Read more

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What can I expect from strabismus surgery?

What can I expect from strabismus surgery?

Strabismus: You r vision and focus should improve dramatically hope your surgery yeilds these results all the best ...Read more

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How long is the recovery from strabismus surgery?

Few weeks: The white part of your eyes may be red for several weeks, however your eyes should feel pretty good after only a few days. Check with your surgeon for specific activity restrictions after surgery. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need to get strabismus surgery?

How do I know if I need to get strabismus surgery?

Strabismus surgery: Only your ophthalmologist can determine the neccesity of surgical treatment for strabismus - usually after failure to correct it via patching and/or glasses causing deterioration of the visual acuity of the affected eye. If you are not satisfied with the recommendation, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Which surgery should be first to fix strabismus surgery?

Strabismus: Every case of strabismus is different and the recommended surgery depends on the specific findings of each case. See a strabismus doctor for a complete exam. ...Read more

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What is the total operation time for a strabismus surgery?

Strabismus surgery: The total operating time for strabismus surgery depends on several factors including the number of muscles being operated on, what procedure is being performed on the muscles and whether it is a first surgery or a re-operation. It can take as little as 5 minutes for a first-time, single muscle surgery and as long as 90 minutes for a more complicated, multiple muscle surgery. On average, 15-30 min. ...Read more

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How you go about getting strabismus surgery? Who do you see?

How you go about getting strabismus surgery? Who do you see?

Pediatric Eye MD: A pediatric ophthalmologist will often also do surgery on adults with strabismus or double vision. Seek out one in your area (you can go to www. Aao. Org to search by zip code) and ask if they also evaluate and treat adults. ...Read more

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What would happen if I had a strabismus surgery and the surgery failed?

Depends: Strabismus surgery is not an exact science. Aligning the eye muscles so that the two eyes are perfectly aligned can be difficult and sometimes impossible. The success of surgery depends on the cause of the strabismus (childhood, trauma, thyroid disease). Sometimes more than one surgery is required. The goal is to have realistic expectations going into surgery. ...Read more

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Please answer! What percentage of people need strabismus surgery more than once?

Please answer! What percentage of people need strabismus surgery more than once?

Repeat surgery: That is hard to answer, depends on severity of problem. Many procedures are done in two stages, particularly if multiple muscles on both eyes are involved. A save estimate would be 15-25%. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would my eyes will be perfectly aligned after strabismus surgery?

Maybe, maybe not: This is definitely delicate work. I would want the procedure done by someone who trained in a fellowship specifically for strabismus surgery and had ample experience. Even in the most experienced hands perfect alignment may be difficult to achieve. ...Read more

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Had done strabismus surgery 2 week before white part is red and swollen it looks to be extra mass onit?

Had done strabismus surgery 2 week before white part is red and swollen it looks to be extra mass onit?

Suture site inflamed: It's possible that the place where the eye muscle was re-sutured has some inflammation. It is not serious, but sometimes can be persistent, so please see the surgeon over the next 7-10 days. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Lazy Eye (Definition)

Occurs when (1) one eye does not see as well as another eye or (2) does not align properly ...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