Strabismus is generally thought of as a childhood disease, but some adults may develop the condition later in life or suffer from misaligned eyes that were never corrected during childhood. For those patients, ophthalmologists offer strabismus surgery geared toward restoring healthy alignment.
While realigning the eyes is the main goal of adult strabismus surgery, it is not performed for cosmetic reasons alone. Adult patients may gain improved depth perception, enhanced visual acuity and be relieved of double vision as a result of the procedure.
Most adult strabismus surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, though the specifics of each procedure depend on the patient and severity of his or her disease. During the surgery, a Temple ophthalmologist surgically tightens or loosens the ocular muscles until a natural alignment of the eyes is achieved.
Unless they are placed under general anesthesia, patients will receive numbing eye drops and remain awake during surgery. Temporary use of over-the-counter pain medication may be needed after surgery.
A recent advance called adjustable sutures has made strabismus surgery in adults more successful than ever. These special sutures allow the physician to make adjustments to the eyes' alignment up to 24 hours after the initial surgery without making additional incisions.
Why Temple Health?
Ophthalmologists at Temple specialize in the medical and surgical management of eye disorders — from the most routine to the most complex.
Temple ophthalmologists collaborate to specifically manage strabismus. Our understanding of the complex problems associated with strabismus helps patients receive appropriate treatment.