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Eye muscle repair - discharge

Definition

You or your child had eye muscle repair surgery to correct eye muscle problems that caused crossed eyes. The medical term for crossed eyes is strabismus.

Alternative Names

Repair of cross-eye - discharge; Resection and recession - discharge; Lazy eye repair - discharge; Strabismus repair - discharge; Extraocular muscle surgery - discharge

When You're in the Hospital

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 tissue between the eye and eyelid. 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.

Self-care

After surgery:

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 day care a day or two after surgery.

Children who 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.

You or your child should have a follow-up visit with the eye surgeon 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your provider if you or your child has:

References

Coats DK, Olitsky SE. Strabismus surgery. In: Lambert SR, Lyons CJ. Taylor and Hoyt's Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 86.

Olitsky SE, Hug D, Plummer LS, Stahl ED, Ariss MM, Lindquist TP. Disorders of eye movement and alignment. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 623.

Robbins SL. Techniques of strabismus surgery. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 11.13.


Review Date: 8/28/2018
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.