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Eye muscle repair surgery is a procedure that corrects a muscle imbalance in the eyes. The muscle imbalance causes the eyes to cross inward or outward. This condition is known as strabismus. People with strabismus have eyes that don’t line up properly. As a result, the eyes look in different directions. It’s important to treat strabismus as early as possible to avoid lifelong vision problems. In fact, vision loss could become a permanent disability if treatment isn’t received promptly.
Eye muscle repair surgery helps realign the eyes so that both point in the same direction. This procedure is most often performed on children with strabismus, but it may also be done to help adults with eye muscle problems.
Some people successfully overcome strabismus by doing eye exercises or by wearing eyeglasses. Eye muscle repair surgery is a solution for those who don’t show improvement through nonsurgical means.
Excessive bleeding and infection are possible risks of any type of surgery. You can reduce your risk for heavy bleeding by following your doctor’s instructions regarding blood-thinning medications before the procedure. Keeping your incisions dry and clean will also help prevent an infection from occurring after surgery.
In rare cases, eye muscle repair surgery can cause double vision and eye damage.
Eye muscle repair surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day as the surgery. Your eyes will probably feel scratchy and painful for several days after the surgery, but it’s important to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. Keeping the eyes free of dirt and other irritants is of the utmost importance to prevent infection. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointments as a precautionary measure.