Eye muscle surgery is performed to improve the function of the eye muscle so eyesight is more aligned. It is one way of treating eye muscle dysfunctions or strabismus.
The main purpose of eye muscle surgery is to restore straight eye alignment. The surgery is performed to align both eyes so that they gaze in the same direction
$1,800 to $1,900
-Surgery is used to treat strabismus in children by improving muscle function. This helps straighten alignment and allows both eyes to work together to better see details and dimensions. Surgery can also prevent or treat amblyopia.
The patient will not be conscious during the procedure as general anesthesia will be used. The procedure takes one to two hours, depending on the patient’s condition. After the procedure the eye operated on may be covered
Understand the treatment, including risks and benefits. Prepare physically for the procedure by avoiding infection and meeting an internal medicine doctor and anesthesiologist before the procedure. Carefully follow all pre-operative instructions, including avoiding food and water and stopping medication that can affect bleeding. Sign all consent forms as required.
Do not rub the affected eye or let water enter it for at least seven days. Avoid swimming for at least two weeks. Do not wear make-up for at least one week. Use eyedrops as prescribed by the doctor. Follow instructions closely. You can use your eyes normally. Some redness is normal and the eye will turn yellow and then return to its normal color in time. You, your child or family member will go directly from the operating room to recovery area, where constant monitoring continues under the observation of anesthesia and nursing staff until patients awake. Parents or family may invited to be present in the recovery room. Breathing tubes are removed either in the operating room or recovery room; either is appropriate and safe. IV’s are generally removed in this area after liquids are being taken by mouth. Clear liquids are offered at this time. Popsicles are a popular option for children. There should be no excessive concern about rubbing the eyes. Doing so will be uncomfortable, and even children will not harm themselves or what was done in the surgery, once they have completely emerged from anesthesia. A cool, moist washcloth over the eyes is generally soothing.
Severe eye pain, which can be managed with the medication prescribed by the doctor. Adverse effects include worsening eyesight, worsening redness, severe eye discharge, and/or constant pain. If these occur, please see the doctor immediately.
Are there any travel limitations?
There are no travel limitations before and after the procedure.
What is the likelihood of success?
The success of the procedure depends on the condition of the eye muscle. The ophthalmologist will assess the possibility of success after physically examining the patient’s eye.
What if the procedure is not performed?
A child’s eyes are still developing and strabismus will affect the function of that eye, compromising vision and ultimately leading to amblyopia, which means that the eye has not developed in the normal rate as the unaffected eye. The condition can affect how the child sees three-dimensional objects. So it is important that the child is treated as soon as possible so the condition doesn’t affect their quality of life in the future.