Squint surgery in adults

Squint Surgery in Adults

Squint surgery is an operation to correct an eye squint (also called strabismus), where the two eyes are misaligned and do not work together to look in the same direction.

Squint correction surgery tightens or moves one or more muscles of the sclera (the coat of the eye) to help change the position of one or both eyes. The eye is never removed from the eye socket during squint surgery.

This procedure is performed for various reasons. In some adults with double vision, it can eliminate, reduce or move the field of double vision. It can also improve the appearance of the eyes by making the squint less visible.

Before the treatment

At Circle Health, squint surgery in adults is usually carried out as under a general anaesthetic by a leading eye surgeon, using the latest optical technology. Before the procedure, your consultant will see you a private appointment to assess your individual condition, discuss your needs, and decide if you are suitable for this type of operation.

Squint surgery: the procedure

The procedure usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the number of muscles than need to be moved. Your eye surgeon will make a small incision in the surface membrane of your eye, and then separate one or more eye muscles from the surface of the eyeball.

Using very fine instruments and tiny sutures (stitches), he or she will then reattach the muscles, making them tighter or looser than they were before, depending on the correction that needs to be made. Once the operation is finished, your eyes will be temporarily covered by an eye pad.

When will I recover?

You should be able to leave the hospital the same day. You will receive advice on how to care for your eyes after the operation. You will sometimes need more than one operation to correct squint problems. You will receive a follow-up appointment with your consultant so they can monitor your recovery and progress.

What are the risks?

Like any surgery, there are some risks associated with this procedure. At Circle Health, your specialist consultant will discuss the benefits and risks of squint correction surgery in a private consultation to help you decide upon your treatment, and answer any concerns or questions you may have.

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