If your eyes are misaligned, meaning both eyes do not look in the same
direction at all times, you may have a condition that is known as strabismus—more
commonly known as “crossed eyes.”
An ophthalmologist can perform a surgical procedure to treat this common problem. During
strabismus surgery, an eye doctor will either tighten or loosen the muscles
in the eye to adjust the alignment. Continue reading to learn more about
Who can get strabismus surgery?
As with any surgical procedure,
strabismus surgery candidates should be in good overall health. The procedure is generally
done as an outpatient procedure, so patients are able to go home within
a few hours of the procedure. With this type of eye surgery, an eye doctor
will select the type of anesthesia based on factors including age, health,
and patient preference. While younger patients and patients who may be
squeamish about being conscious during eye surgery can be put under general
anesthesia, the procedure can also be done with local anesthesia.
How does the procedure work?
There are two types of methods for performing strabismus surgery: a tightening
procedure or a loosening procedure. To correct strabismus by tightening
the eye muscle, an eye surgeon will perform a resection of the eye muscle.
A portion of the muscle will be removed and reattached closer to the eye.
For loosening, the surgery involves a recession, which repositions the
muscle further away from the eye.
What happens after surgery?
In the days following surgery, the treated eye will be sore. The soreness
will be temporary and should go away after a few days. It is normal for
the white portion of the eye to be red in the weeks following surgery.
If you would like more information on
strabismus surgery in New York, contact Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Dr. Hornfeld offers strabismus treatment,
as well as treatment for cataracts, glaucoma treatment, and other ophthalmological
needs. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 580-8881.