Strabismus Surgery

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EYES THAT DON’T ALIGN

Strabismus refers to any type of misalignment in the eyes and it can be obvious or subtle. It usually begins in infancy or childhood, though adults can develop it too. Strabismus is often treated by surgically adjusting the tension on the eye muscles.

Strabismus Surgery at Sabates Eye Centers

During strabismus surgery, the ophthalmologist incises the conjunctiva (a thin layer of transparent tissue) to access the eye muscle(s). They use a delicate hook to isolate the muscle. No skin incisions are made and the eyeball is not removed from the eye socket during strabismus surgery. The surgery is typically performed as an outpatient surgery.

 

The goal of strabismus surgery is to get the eyes close enough to perfectly straight that it is hard to see any residual deviation. Surgery usually improves the condition, though the results are rarely perfect. Results are usually better in young children.

 

Strabismus surgery can be done with local anesthesia in some adults but requires general anesthesia in children, usually as an outpatient. Prisms and Botox injections of the eye muscles are alternatives to surgery in some cases. 

 

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  • Girl reading book after strabismus eye surgery.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    A baby whose eyes have not straightened by the age of four months should be examined to rule out serious disease.

  • 5 percent or 12 million people suffer from strabismus.

    WHAT IS STRABISMUS?

  • Strabismus eye surgery specialist Dr. Matthew Sniegowski - Sabates Eye Centers.

    STRABISMUS SPECIALIST

    Dr. Matthew Sniegowski, M.D. – Dr. Sniegowski sees patients at the Independence, Leawood and Northland Eye Centers.

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AFTER STRABISMUS SURGERY

Following strabismus surgery, your eyes will be red and sore. You probably will see obvious bright red blood in the surgical area, usually toward the inside or outside corner of the eye. This should fade in two to three weeks. In addition, you might feel like there is something in your eye, but it will only last a few days.

 

During the first few days after surgery, eye alignment is a good indicator of the final outcome. However, more permanent results may not be known until four to six weeks after surgery.

 

Children younger than 10 will very likely need a second or third strabismus procedure to maintain the best possible eye alignment. In some cases, eyeglasses or special lenses placed in a pair of glasses may help fine-tune the way both eyes work together.

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