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Squint (Strabismus) surgery in children

Squint surgery in a child is performed to realign the eyes so that they appear straight. Squint surgery can also help with maintaining or restoring binocular vision and to a small extent help with depth perception.

Squint (Strabismus) surgery in children

Depending on the type and amount of squint there is, one or more muscles of the eyes are either tightened or loosened to help realign them.

The procedure is done under a general anaesthetic as a day case.

Preoperatively your child will need to starve for 6 hours prior to surgery and can have water up until 2 hours before the operation.

Post operatively there is likely to be some discomfort and blood stained tears, but this settles fairly quickly and your child can return to school in a week and back to normal activities in a couple of weeks

It’s natural to feel anxious when it comes to treatment and surgical procedures especially in relation to your eyes. I encourage you to ask questions about your condition, so I can help you to be better informed of your condition, the treatment options available and allay any fears that you may have. During the consultation I will explain the procedures to you and help you to make positive choices, and remember there is always the option of doing nothing, so you have nothing to worry about.

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