Strabismus

Strabismus is commonly caused by an eye muscle abnormality

What is Strabismus?

When eyes do not align as normal, the condition is called strabismus. One eye may turn inwards or outwards, or both eyes may turn inwards or outwards. The condition is also called lazy eye, and although there are several different complications that can cause this condition, it is commonly caused by an abnormality in the eye muscles, which result in the eyes inability to align and coordinate. The condition can be corrected with surgery that lasts less than 20 minutes on average.

Before Strabismus Surgery

Because it's dangerous to perform strabismus surgery with food or liquids in the system, the patient must fast beforehand. Fasting before the procedure is important because if the patient may has eaten and then vomits after the anesthesia has been administered, choking can be a major complication. The doctor will provide instructions during the patient consultation about how long the patient needs to fast before the surgery.

On the Day of Surgery

Patients should expect to arrive several hours before the scheduled surgery. After checking into the medical facility and completing required paperwork, the patient will eventually go into the operating room, and the anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia through a breathing mask.

The patient will typically recovery under the surveillance of medical staff for several hours. Blood on the eye is normal and varies according to the patient. The appearance of blood will clear following the procedure, usually with a day. The surgery is relatively quick and painless. The physician may advise that the patient take Tylenol, eye drops or a pain reliever to sooth mild to moderate pain. Tobradex eye drops help prevent infection and reduce inflammation, according to Post-Operative Instructions for Strabismus Surgery by Glen M. Bianchi. The patient is likely to feel ready to continue with their day shortly following the surgery. Children and adults may have a cool cloth placed on the eyes immediately following the surgery, and be ready to play hours after the procedure.

After Strabismus Surgery

The strabismus operation can greatly improve the patient's quality of life. Strabismus treatment strengthens the muscles in the eye, so the patient will no longer have a noticeable eye condition. After strabismus correction, the patient may experience higher self-esteem and improved social relationships with peers.

During strabismus surgery recovery, doctors recommend that patients avoid getting water in their eyes, and swimming is not recommended for two weeks following the treatment. The patient may resume common activities such as reading, watching television, and other aspects of everyday life.

Common misspellings of strabismus are strabimus, strabismis, strabisumus, strabysmus, strabismu, strabisums, strabismas, strabisms, strabissmus, strabizmus, strabisum, strabismum

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