Surgery for strabismus is one of the treatment choices that those who have strabismus can take. The process is done on the extraocular muscles of the eyes to repair the misalignment. In surgery for strabismus, the eye muscles are adjusted to make them stronger, enhancing the patient’s vision and also the appearance of the eyes.
There are four forms of surgery for strabismus that can be performed on the eye. The first type is the loosening or the weakening procedures which may involve recession, or moving the insertion of a muscle posteriorly towards its origin, myectomy, myotomy, tenectomy, and tenotomy.
The next type of procedure is the strengthening or tightening procedures which entails resection, or the removing of a portion of the muscle and reattaching it to another part, tucking or the advancement of the eye muscle to a more forward position.
One more type of procedure is the repositioning or transposition procedures. Lastly, there is also the adjustable suture surgery that allows for the shortening or lengthening of the extraocular muscle after the operation for a more accurate eye alignment.
The surgery for strabismus is only a one day procedure that will only take a few hours of the patient’s time. Following the surgery, it is ordinary for the eyes of the patient to be red and sore because of the spots of blood in the surgical area. The side effects will disappear in just two to three weeks and the patient can go back to his or her usual day-to-day activities in just a few days.
If your doctor tells you that you should undergo surgery for strabismus, do not forget to question to which extent will the surgery make your eyes look better and work better. Remember that the two main functions of surgery for strabismus are to provide you cosmetic cure and binocular cure.
There are even times when you might be required to undergo more than one surgery in order to fulfill these two functions, so remember to ask the expected number of surgeries. Furthermore, keep in mind that surgery for strabismus does not change the brain which is responsible for directing and controlling the eyes as well as eye muscles. In order to attain the best eye cision, you may have to add vision therapy to your treatment.