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The Patient's Guide to Strabismus Surgery

Eye surgery

If you have issues with your eye muscles being either too tight or too loose, your eye doctor in New York may recommend strabismus surgery. This surgery is performed on patients of all ages, most often an outpatient basis. The goal of the procedure is to adjust the eye muscle to correct the alignment of the eyes. If you are scheduled for strabismus surgery, here is what to expect.

Anesthesia

Your eye doctor can use a few different anesthesia methods for strabismus surgery. The right one for you depends on a number of different factors, including your age and overall health. For young patients, general anesthesia is almost always used. For adult patients, general anesthesia is sometimes chosen, but conscious sedation and local anesthesia are also options. Regardless of the type of anesthesia used, the majority of patients return home the day of their procedures.

Procedure

During strabismus surgery, a small device called a speculum is used to hold the eyelid open. The surgeon then makes a small incision of the conjunctiva of the eye, which allows him or her to reach the eye muscle. When the muscle is isolated, the surgeon then changes the position of the muscle and sutures it into a new location as needed. In some cases, surgeons may use an adjustable suture so that positioning can be tweaked at a later date.

Recovery

After strabismus surgery, your eye will be red and scratchy. It is normal for the redness to persist for several weeks or even months after the procedure. Any scratchiness and soreness usually dissipates after a few days. In some cases, you may need to wear an eye patch after the surgery, particularly if you have an adjustable suture. You may also need to use antibiotic and steroid eye drops.

If you're interested in learning if strabismus surgery can help you, make an appointment with Dr. Mark Hornfeld. In addition to strabismus surgery, we provide treatment for dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and more. Schedule a consultation by calling (646) 350-3391 today.

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