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Get the Facts about Strabismus Surgery

Get the Facts about Strabismus Surgery

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 strabismus surgery.

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.