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Lazy Eye Surgery
Covered by insurance: Surgery to correct a 'wandering' or 'lazy' eye should be covered by your insurance. You should check with your insurance carrier. If you are paying out of pocket, the costs will vary and you should speak to a financial advisor at the practice that recommended surgery. ...Read more
Not too difficult: Usually eye muscle surgery heals quickly. Some antibiotic steroid combo ointment is often prescribed. The conjunctiva will be red, and there may be some irritating sutures. Sometimes the alignment is adjusted early postop if needed (if adjustable sutures used). Recovery is dependent on the type of surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It can be hard to get the alignment exact (tables to estimate the pd change based on mm movement of the muscle). Also if it's recent since surgery, there may still be some residual inflammation affecting alignment. Plus it may be incomitant so different in various gazes (hard to correct for every gaze). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No guarantee: These surgeries have no absolute guarantees. If you are unhappy with the results you obtained, I suggest you bring it up with the surgeon who did the surgery to see if anything further can be done or expected form the prior surgery. You could also get a second opinion from another ophthalmologist, especially one who specializes in this particular area of eye disorders. Many places in Chicago area. ...Read more
Yes and no: A lazy eye is a term that is commonly used for two different things. The first is amblyopia which is poor vision due to a poor connection with the brain. The second is strabismus which is an eye turn. It is possible to have both conditions. Surgical correction is avaible for strabismus. Surgical correction can slightly improve the vision in amblyopia sometimes but not always. ...Read more
Less than 8: Unfortunately amblyopia (lazy eye) is something that has to be addressed earlier rather than later. The nerves in the eye are done developing by around the age of 8. After that what ever vision you have lost because of the lazy depends to be permenant. Depending on the cause of the lazy eye, it may require patching, glasses or surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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