Strabismus Repair Surgery

Last updated on June 6th, 2017 at 11:03 am

To comprehend how strabismus surgery works, consider that each of your eyes has 6 outdoors (extraocular) muscles controlling eye movements. If a muscle is too strong when you have strabismus, it may cause the eye to kip down, turn out or turn too high or low.

On the other hand, an eye muscle weakness in certain cases may also cause misalignment. This condition may occur if you have a cranial nerve dysfunction impacting how eye muscles control movement.

Fortunately, your eye doctor has different surgical choices to assist remedy these types of problems.

What Is for Strabismus Surgery?

Strabismus Surgery Involving Recession And Resection Procedures

In a crisis procedure, your eye surgeon removes the affected outside muscle (extraocular muscle) from the eye and reattaches it (resection) farther back on the eye to compromise the relative strength of the muscle if it is too strong.

In contrast, if the muscle is too weak, your surgeon might use a crisis procedure to decrease strength of the opposing muscle (antagonist) to achieve more balanced function of the eye muscles.


Strabismus surgery

In specific cases, a resection procedure may be used to enhance an eye muscle to correct misalignment related to strabismus. If you have inwardly turned eyes (esotropia), the surgeon might reinforce the lateral rectus muscles — located on the side of each eye, towards the ear — by reattaching the muscle in a various area (resection). In this method, the lateral rectus muscles are fairly strengthened and they can turn the eyes further external. This results in much better eye alignment.

Adjustable Suture Strabismus Surgery

With adjustable stitch eye muscle surgery, your surgeon changes sutures holding eye muscles in place after a resection procedure, to attempt to enhance your last result.

Generally this surgery is possible just in adults, with perhaps just a small percentage able to benefit. This surgery is probably best for somebody in whom strabismus established in their adult years after previously normal eye alignment.

In this case, the person is a great prospect due to the fact that of blend capacity – the capability of both eyes to “lock on” to a target at the same time, leading to stereovision and a high degree of depth perception.

In many cases, adjustable stitch surgery is carried out in the operating space, with basic or local anesthesia. Later the eye is patched. About 4 to 24 hours later on, the spot is removed in the office, when anesthesia and sedation have actually faded. Ocular alignment is then examined.

Based on how your eyes are aligned, your surgeon might decide to use the suture that is in place to tighten or loosen the treated muscle. This adjustment might cause small discomfort, mostly with muscle tightening.

Once the preferred positioning is achieved, the surgeon ties the adjustable stitch completely in place, and the procedure is total.

What To Expect After Strabismus Surgery

Your eyes will be red and rather sore after strabismus surgery. You most likely will see obvious brilliant red blood in the surgical area, typically toward the within or outside corner of the eye. This is normal and is comparable to bruising of your skin.

Eye soreness after surgery must fade in two or 3 weeks.

Any broken blood vessels in the eye and basic eye redness should fade within two to three weeks. You may feel like something is in your eye, but this feeling will diminish. Typically you can resume normal activities within a couple of days.

During the first couple of days after surgery, eye alignment is a great indicator of the last outcome. However, more long-term outcomes might not be understood until four to six weeks after surgery.

Children below 10 will very likely require a 2nd or third strabismus procedure to preserve the best possible eye alignment. Sometimes, spectacles or unique lenses (prisms) positioned in a set of glasses may help tweak the way both eyes interact (binocular vision).

Dr. D.Roberts / author of the article
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Comments: 1
  1. Norman Austin

    A strabismus surgery for eye muscle repair goes like this: while you are under general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free), a little cut is made in the tissue between the eye and eyelid (conjunctiva ). Several of the muscles of the eye are reinforced (resected) or compromised (recessed) to enable proper position and help the eye to move correctly. Typically, in adult surgery, an adjustable stitch will be used so that small modifications can be made later that day or the next day. After a couple of hours of recovery, you may go home. This technique generally provides an excellent outcome.

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