Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Strabismus Surgery

At what age can eyes be straightened with surgery?

Strabismus surgery can be performed at any age.

How is eye muscle surgery performed?

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, usually on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes about twenty to thirty minutes for each muscle operated upon. Following the surgery eye bandages or patches are usually not required.

Will one or both eyes need surgery?

This depends upon the unique situation of each patient and will be determined by careful measurements of the ocular misalignment prior to surgery. In the vast majority of cases, both eyes are operated upon at the same time.

Will my eyes be straight after surgery?

Our goal is always to obtain an excellent ocular alignment. Individual patients, however, do vary in their response to surgery, resulting in an 80% to 90% success rate in achieving satisfactory alignment after one operation.

Is the surgery painful?

Pain following the procedure is generally mild, similar to that experienced with a pulled or strained muscle. In nearly all cases over-the-counter pain medication is all that is required to control any discomfort.

Is strabismus surgery covered by insurance?

In nearly all cases, strabismus surgery is covered by health insurance in the same manner as it would apply to surgery for any other disease. Our insurance staff can confirm your coverage prior to the procedure.


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