What is strabismus surgery?
Strabismus is a condition that makes the eyes misalign and causes them to appear cross-eyed. To address this issue, strabismus surgery adjusts the eye muscles that impact the alignment of your eyes. During your surgery, we tighten or loosen the muscles so your eyes move more naturally and decrease vision impairments. If your eyes are misaligned, you may have binocular vision dysfunction, affecting how they focus on objects and interpret messages. This condition can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like double vision, depth perception problems, or irreversible vision loss. Our expert group at Bentz Eye Center has experience performing strabismus surgery to help you live more comfortably. Please call our West Palm Beach, FL eye care center to learn more about this innovative treatment option.
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How is strabismus surgery performed?
As an outpatient procedure, we can perform strabismus surgery in 1 – 2 hours, and generally, most patients need both eyes treated. We start by providing general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Once we have ensured your comfort, our team makes a small incision to reach your eye’s muscles. If the muscle is too tight, we can cut and place it in a different area, then sew the tissue in position. For muscles that are too loose, our ophthalmologist will shorten the tissue so it remains tight while in place. At Bentz Eye Center, the team uses an adjustable suture technique to make a temporary knot, which allows them to make minor adjustments when you’re awake. Following your procedure, you will experience some discomfort for 1 – 2 weeks, and you will need to attend follow-up appointments.
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Strabismus Surgery FAQ
How long does it take to recover from strabismus eye surgery in West Palm Beach, FL?
Commonly, you'll be able to return to your normal activities within two weeks. Our team will schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure everything is healing properly. Once that is done, you'll be cleared to resume things like sports and other strenuous activities.
Will the strabismus surgery hurt?
The strabismus surgery shouldn't hurt. Our team works closely with you to ensure your total comfort during the process. This includes numbing the area completely before we begin. We will also provide general anesthesia or conscious sedation — so you don't feel a thing. For additional questions, contact our eye doctors in West Palm Beach, FL.
How old do you have to be to get surgery for cross eyes?
This type of surgery can be performed on those of all ages. This includes young children and adults. If possible, it is because to have the surgery performed at a younger age because certain parts of our vision are more adaptable at young ages. To learn more about who can undergo this surgery, schedule an appointment with our eye doctors in West Palm Beach, FL.
Does strabismus surgery for cross eyes last forever?
It is common that over a lifetime, only one corrective surgery will be necessary. When you schedule an appointment with our eye specialists in West Palm Beach, FL, we will work with you to create a plan that restores function and repositions the eyes.
Strabismus surgery: Learn more
Strabismus surgery has improved the lives of many patients, which has led to enhanced vision. To discover the benefits of this advanced treatment option, please call Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, FL to receive additional information. Our board-certified ophthalmologists can help answer any questions you have, and our location is convenient for many patients in Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington, FL.