Strabismus surgery involves detaching an abnormally strong eye muscle from the eye and reattaching it further back in order to weaken its strength. If the muscle is too weak, an opposing muscle may be recessed in order to balance the eyes’ movements.
Also Known As:
- Eye surgery
- Wandering eye surgery
- Eye muscle surgery
Conditions Treated with Strabismus Surgery:
Strabismus surgery is performed to treat strabismus and esotropia.
Non-surgical alternatives to strabismus surgery include vision therapy and the use of a prism. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Strabismus Surgery:
Strabismus surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Strabismus Surgery:
Possible risks following strabismus surgery include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Some patients also experience redness and eye soreness.
Prognosis after Strabismus Surgery:
The prognosis for a positive end result following strabismus surgery is good. Although the procedure often corrects the appearance of the eyes, it does not always improve binocular vision and may need to be repeated.
Recovery from Strabismus Surgery:
The total recovery time for strabismus surgery is four to six weeks.