Strabismus may occur early during infancy. It is a medical term for misalignment of eyes, also known as “crossed eyes”. There are many children suffering from strabismus and if there is no early treatment, it can result into visual impairment.What is the best treatment option?
The best treatment is strabismus surgery. There are many pediatric eye hospitals specializing in strabismus surgery for young adults and children. The main objective of pediatric strabismus surgery is to strengthen, weaken, or reposition the eye muscles. This helps to change the misalignment of eyes.Pediatric Strabismus Surgery:
The most important factor in pediatric strabismus surgery is the use of anesthetics. Anesthesia depends on the age of the patient. It also depends on the preference of the patient. In pediatric strabismus surgery, most surgeons opt for general anesthesia for children having eye surgery.
During surgery no skin incisions are made. The surgeon cuts through the conjunctiva to reach the eye muscles. It would be important to note that the conjunctiva is a thin layer that covers the eye muscles attached to the sclera (wall of the eye). Most parents may be afraid that the eyeball will be removed from the eye socket during surgery. Be assured, the surgeon will not remove it!
There are two procedures in strabismus surgery, recession or weakening procedure and muscle resection or strengthening procedure.After surgery, your child may experience itchiness and his eyes may become sore. Always make sure that you take advice from your surgeon about any eye-drops or ointment after the surgery. The surgeon will recommend some eye-drops or ointment after surgery.
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