Repair of cross-eye - discharge; Resection and recession - discharge; Lazy eye repair - discharge; Strabismus repair - discharge; Extraocular muscle surgery - discharge
Children most often receive general anesthesia for this surgery. They were asleep and did not feel pain. Most adults are awake and sleepy, but pain free. Numbing medicine was injected around their eye to block pain.
A small cut was made in the clear tissue covering the white of the eye. This tissue is called the conjunctiva. One or more of the muscles of the eye was strengthened or weakened. This was done to position the eye properly and help it move correctly. The stitches used during the surgery will dissolve, but they may be scratchy at first. Most people leave the hospital a few hours after recovery.
Double vision is common after surgery for adults and for children age 6 years and older. It is less common in younger children. Double vision most often goes away a few days after the surgery. In adults, an adjustment is sometimes made to the position of the eye muscle to refine the results.
You or your child can go back to your normal activities and exercise within a few days after surgery. You can return to work, and your child may go back to school or daycare a day or two after surgery.
Children who have had the surgery can slowly go back to a regular diet. Many children feel a little sick to their stomach after surgery.
Most people do not have to wear a patch over their eye after this surgery, but some do.
There should be a follow-up visit with the eye surgeon 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery.
Call your provider if you or your child has:
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Robbins SL. Techniques of strabismus surgery. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 11.13.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 8/18/2020
Reviewed By: Franklin W. Lusby, MD, ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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