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Strabismus Corrected Surgery
Define correction: If you are refering to lining the eyes up so they point in the same direction, that might be possible with a skilled eye muscle surgery. The other issue is will it work. If the brain decided to shut off the input from that eye(ambliopia), the ability to regain that lost input deminishes with time. A discussion with your eye dr can give you guidance. ...Read more
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
I had surgery to correct intermittent strabismus and now my eye is always pointing inward. How can I fix this?
I had surgery to correct intermittent strabismus and now my eye is always pointing inward. Is there anything I can do now?
I've got strabismus in my left eye. It always turns inward when I focus. How can I correct this without surgery?
What to do if I have strabismus in my left eye. It always turns inward when I focus. How can I correct this without 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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