Squint Surgery

Squint surgery is performed when your eyes are not straight or you have a problem with double vision. It is a complex area of eye surgery and it is possible to have eyes that aren’t straight with no symptoms of double vision.



Neural processes within the brain are responsible for fusing the images seen by each eye and also for keeping the eyes straight. In people whose eyes are not straight these processes are not working properly for a variety of possible reasons.

Misalignment of the eyes may be any of horizontal, vertical, rotational or a combination of these. The decision to consider surgery is usually based on the symptoms associated with the misalignment as well as with cosmetic issues.



Where the neural processes to keep the eyes straight are poor, successful squint surgery may work well for some years but in reality there is always the possibility that further surgery may be necessary.

Surgery may also have to be staged if the misalignment involves a combination of directions.



Surgery is most commonly performed as a day procedure under a general anaesthetic. Occasionally local anaesthetic may be all that is necessary. The surgery involves altering how the muscles are attached to the eye. It may be necessary to operate on both eyes to correct a squint, for example, if the eye has a very large turn.

After the surgery there may be some double vision. Usually this resolves over the following weeks. The eyes do appear red but discomfort is not usually an issue.

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