Your Strabismus Operation – what to expect.
Before your operation:
- Check vision – better vision will help the eyes stay together after the operation
- Check the eye position measurements
- Discuss any new medical health issues/medications
- Discuss postop strategies, risks, answer questions
Need to do:
- Admission forms – sign, deliver
- Glasses – if your glasses have prisms, collect glasses with no prism for use after the operation
- Chemist – make up antibiotic ointment, bring to hospital
- Time off – work, no swimming for 1 month
- Driving – no driving until you adjust to your new position
Day of op:
- NB must be well
- No makeup
- Bring antibiotic ointment with you to the hospital
At the hospital:
- Anaesthetic discussion/check
- Anaesthetic may be general or a relaxing anaesthesia before anaesthetic is put around the eye
- Bring your antibiotic ointment into theatre with you
- Eyelids, lashes and eyes will be cleaned
- Dr Dunlop will check both eyes
- At the end of the operation antibiotic ointment and anaesthetic drops will be put in both eyes
- The eyes will be blurry from the ointment
- Dr Dunlop will give you some postop information
- Glasses on when fully awake
- Put some ointment into the operated eye/s before going to sleep
- Bring your ointment and glasses (without prisms) to the postop visit (first day)
- The eyes will be red and blurry from the ointment
- You may be tired from the anaesthetic
- Depth perception/3D vision will be different if both eyes have had an operation – use care on steps/stairs and pouring hot drinks
- Keep your eyes closed in the car or look straight ahead
- Put some ointment into the operated eye/s in the morning and whenever they feel uncomfortable.
- This will lubricate the surface and reduce irritation. See postop medication sheet for directions.
- Lubricating drops are helpful later.
- Use glasses (no prisms) on, if you use them
- Dr Dunlop will check the eye position on the first day postop and answer any questions
- Use medications as per postop medication sheet, reducing each week.
- Glasses on – this will keep the vision clearer, helping the brain to put the eyes/vision together
- Eye exercises – the operation has loosened the muscles. Stretch eye exercises prevent tightening of the muscles again
- Eye position – this will vary while the eyes heal
- Dr Dunlop will recheck the eye refraction measurements 4-6 weeks postop. Clear vision is important to keep the eyes aligned.
- Vision – if the vision is not clear the eyes may turn. The glasses need to be kept up-to- date. Cataracts can blur the vision or cause glare, making it harder to control the eye position.
- Eye muscles – continue stretch eye exercises to stop tightening of the muscles.
- Further operations may be required.