Strabismus Surgery in Canberra
Strabismus surgery (eye muscle surgery) is a procedure
for the treatment of eye misalignment.
What is Strabismus Surgery?
Strabismus surgery (eye muscle surgery) is a procedure for the treatment of eye misalignment.
Strabismus is the condition where the two eyes are not aligned with each other. This means that when one eye is looking straight ahead, the other is in a different direction.
What eye issues can Strabismus Surgery treat?
Strabismus surgery is to correct eye misalignment, including horizontal, vertical or complex misalignments.
People with strabismus have difficulty controlling their gaze. One eye may be looking at something directly, while the other eye is looking off somewhere else.
Strabismus surgery is performed for several types of eye misalignment, including:
Convergent misalignment, i.e. when the eye turns inwards, towards the nose.
Why is Strabismus Surgery needed?
Here are some reasons why people need to undergo strabismus surgery:
» To align the eyes to regain three-dimensional vision and depth perception.
» To improve clarity of vision and eliminating double vision.
» To prevent or treat “lazy eye”.
» To improve appearance and alignment.
» To prevent long-term visual and developmental issues in paediatric patients.
» To improve quality of life and overall well-being.
Strabismus Surgery Techniques
Strabismus surgery can be undertaken in several different methods, depending on the exact nature of the misalignment that is being addressed. There are six extraocular muscles (eye muscles) for each eye, and these move the eye in different directions.
The eye muscle is detached and reattached further back in the eye. The result will be weakening of that muscle’s function.
Who needs Strabismus surgery?
Strabismus surgery is possible for patients of all ages. Strabismus surgery may be performed for functional or reconstructive purposes. Eye muscle surgery is typically performed on children even as young as 9-12 months old, with the goal of restoring binocular function (both eyes working together). In children, strabismus left untreated can lead to one eye with reduced vision (amblyopia or lazy eye). It may also lead to low self-esteem and bullying related to abnormal appearance. In adults, eye muscle surgery can help treat symptoms of double vision.
In both older children and adults, strabismus surgery may be performed to restore normal appearance.
You may benefit from strabismus surgery if you:
» Have an eye misalignment causing problems with vision or abnormal appearance
» Experience double vision with both eyes open
» Tilt or turn your head to avoid double vision
How to prepare for strabismus surgery
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about strabismus surgery:
Your ophthalmologist will examine your eye alignment and eye movements in detail, to diagnose the exact nature and size of misalignment. This is used to plan a surgical approach for the eye muscle surgery. A repeat assessment and measurements are usually taken.
Before surgery, it is important to organise a friend or family member to drive you to and from the hospital.
Eye muscle surgery is typically performed under general anaesthesia in a hospital setting.
The muscles to be operated on are accessed under the conjunctiva, and then recessed or plicated. Muscles can also be moved (transposed) around the eye.
When the surgeon reattaches the muscle to the eye wall (sclera), they may either use a permanent knot, or an adjustable suture technique for some adult patients.
After strabismus surgery, your eye may be red for up to 6-8 weeks. You can expect some mild discomfort and irritation during the recovery process. This should settle down in the first few days as your eyes heal and the surfaces stitches dissolve.
Eye drops may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and the risk of eye infection.
Your ophthalmologist will organise follow-up visits to evaluate the healing process and eye alignment.
Most patients resume normal activities about 2 – 3 days after eye muscle surgery. However, strenuous activities including contact sport, and swimming, is not recommended for 4 weeks after strabismus surgery.
What to expect from strabismus surgery
The benefits of surgery vary depending on the goal of the surgery and the condition being treated. Surgery can be a good option to treat double vision. It may also restore normal appearance.
The advantages and risks of strabismus surgery will be different for each patient.
Expertise of Clarity Eye Surgeons in Strabismus Eye Muscle Surgery
Dr Parth Shah, the principal ophthalmologist at Clarity Eye Surgeons, has many years of experience in performing strabismus (eye muscle) surgery in both children and adults. Dr Shah developed advanced skills in eye muscle surgery through international subspecialty fellowships in the UK and the USA.
He has performed hundreds of procedures, and teaches eye muscle surgery to trainee ophthalmology registrars. He also lectures on eye muscle surgery and has published scientific papers on novel and less invasive eye muscle surgical techniques.
To learn more about Dr Shah’s training and experience, visit his website www.drparthshah.com.au
To make an appointment for a consultation with Dr Shah, contact Clarity Eye Surgeons.
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