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.
Very rare. Strabismus surgery is performed on the outside of the eye, realigning the eye muscles so that the eyes appear straight and coordinated. There are a few rare instances of lowered vision afterwards due to surgical mishaps, but these are literally a number you an count on one hand versus the 100, 000s of thousands done each year. Discuss with your ophthalmologist.

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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...

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...

When is strabismus surgery needed?

Right away. Any child with strabismus need immediate evaluation for possible glasses or surgery. Restoring binocular functionality is especially critical before age 7, when these centers in the brain are developing. New onset strabismus can be associated with a nerve palsy and should be checked immediately. The decision for surgery depends on the circumstances and will be discussed by your doctor. Read more...
Disabling diplopia. Not able to be corrected by other means such as various prisms, refraction, occlusion, etc. Read more...

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...
No. Like all surgery, anesthetic is given, so surgery is not usually painful. Post surgery, your eyes may ache however for a short period of time. Read more...

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...

How can you tell whether you need strabismus surgery?

Age related. Children may need strabismus surgery for vision as well as cosmetic reasons. Adults never need this surgery but might desire it for cosmesis. It is a personal choice in adults. Read more...

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...

Will I still need glasses after getting strabismus surgery?

Probably . Strabismus surgery only straightens the eyes, but dies not correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. So if you are wearing glasses for one of these conditions, you will still need them after the surgery. In the relatively rare situation that you only wear glasses to help straighten your eyes, you could get lucky and not need them after. So possible but not probable. Read more...
Unknown. This depends on the age of the patient, the type of surgery, and the patient response to surgery when they stop healing. If they are lucky they ultimately may not need glasses. Read more...
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...