If you have issues with your eye muscles being either too tight or too
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.
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.
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.
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.