Repair of cross-eye; Resection and recession; Strabismus repair; Extraocular muscle surgery
This surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. The eyes are usually straight right after surgery.
While recovering from the anesthesia and in the first few days after surgery, your child should avoid rubbing the eyes. Your surgeon will show you how to prevent rubbing.
After a few hours of recovery, the child may go home. You should have a follow-up appointment with the eye surgeon 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery.
You will probably need to put drops or ointment in the child's eyes to prevent infection.
Eye muscle surgery does not fix the poor vision of a lazy (amblyopic) eye. The child may have to wear glasses or a patch.
In general, the younger a child is when the operation is performed, the better the result. Your child's eye should look normal a few weeks after the surgery.
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