About Strabismus

Strabismus is an eye condition that the eye deviates when looking at an object of regard. An object of regard is the target that the patient looks at. There are several types of Strabismus

Constant strabismus – when eye turn occurs constantly

Intermittent strabismus – when eye turn occurs sometimes

Esotropia – inward turning of the eye

Infantile Esotropia – cross-fixated, right eye is used to look to the left and left eye is used to look at the right

Congenital Esotropia – Esotropia occurs from birth

Intermittent Esotropia – outward deviation of the eye

Hypertropia – upward deviation of the eye

Duane’s syndrome – inability to move the eye away from the nose with widening the eye, retraction of the eye when attempting to look closer towards the nose and retraction of the eye.

Strabismus Procedure

Strabismus surgery is usually done using general anesthesia for children and adults but local anesthesia is another option for adults. The surgery starts with the eyelids being held open with a lid speculum. A small opening is made through the conjunctiva to access the muscle. Then the muscle is either weakened, strengthened or moved to change its action, and then closed using dissolvable sutures. The surgery usually takes less than 1 to 2 hours to perform.

Suitable Patients for Strabismus

• Patients over the age of 12

• Patients who are healthy mentally and physically

• Patients must be at a good health condition

Before Strabismus surgery

• Patients will be asked to stop taking certain medication a week before the surgery

• Patients must stop wearing contact lenses 2 weeks before the surgery

• Patients must arrange for someone so assist them to and back from the surgery

• Patients must quit smoking from 2 weeks before the surgery

After Strabismus surgery

• Pain medication that will be prescribed by the ophthalmologist must be taken correctly and on time

• Children can return to school after 3 days from the surgery

• Adults are able to return to work after a week from the surgery

• Swimming is restricted for 2 weeks after the surgery

• The eye may be red for 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery

Risks of Strabismus Surgery

Like every surgery there is a possibility of complications to occur such as

  • Sore eyes
  • Redness in the eye
  • Double vision
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Decreased vision
  • Retinal detachment
  • Complications related to anesthesia

Definition

Conjunctiva – is inside the eye and covers the sclera

Lid speculum – an instrument used to keep the eyes wide open and free from blinking

General Anesthesia – variety of medications given to ensure unconsciousness, loss of control of reflexes. The patient is put to sleep to not feel any pain or discomfort

Dissolvable sutures – sutures, which are eventually absorbed by the body so there is no need for the removal of sutures

First day of Strabismus Surgery

The patient will attend a consultation with the ophthalmologist and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the treatment. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the clinic the next day.

Second day of Strabismus Surgery

Strabismus Surgery will be performed. The surgery usually takes less than 1 to 2 hours to perform. There are no special devices used in the surgery. Once the surgery is done and the patient is feeling better they can then return to their settlement.

Third day of Strabismus Surgery

Patients will attend a post surgery check up and consultation. If they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results were all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to go back to their normal routine.

Notes

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What is a Strabismus surgery?

Strabismus is an eye condition where the eye deviates when looking at an object. The surgery is done to prevent the deviations.

How is Strabismus surgery done?

The surgery is done under general anesthesia for children and can be done either with general anesthesia or local anesthesia for adults. A small opening is made through the conjunctiva to access the muscle. Then the muscle is either weakened, strengthened or moved to change its action and then closed using dissolvable sutures.

How long does Strabismus surgery take?

The surgery usually takes less than 1 to 2 hours to perform.

How long do I need to stay at hospital?

The surgery is done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home a few hours after the surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for Strabismus surgery is usually 2-3 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

Who can have Strabismus surgery?

The surgery is suitable for children and adults who are at a good health condition.

When can I return to work?

Adult patients are able to return to work a week after the surgery and children can return to school after 3 days from the surgery.

Are there any risks of Strabismus surgery?

Like every surgery there is a possibility of complications to occur such as

  • Sore eyes
  • Redness in the eye
  • Double vision
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Decreased vision
  • Retinal detachment
  • Complications related to anesthesia

Devices used in Strabismus Surgery

There are no special technical devices, which are used during a strabismus surgery.

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