Eye Muscle Surgery – Newport News – Oyster Point
Misalignment of the eyes, known as strabismus, is a common problem in childhood. Strabismus is recognized by noticing crossing or drifting out of one or both eyes. The drifting may be constant or intermittent.It is normal for the eyes of infants up to four months of age to cross or drift out. However, after this time, eyes should be straight at all times. If you see drifting of the eyes after four months of age, bring this to the attention of your pediatrician or eye doctor.
Many different factors can cause a strabismus. They include:
- Inappropriate development of the “fusion center” of the brain
- Problems with the controlled center of the brain
- Injuries to muscles or nerves or other problems involving the muscles or nerves
Eye muscle surgery is used to weaken, strengthen, or reposition any of the small muscles located on the surface of the eye that move the eyeball in all directions. The main purpose of eye muscle surgery is to restore straight eye alignment. so that both eyes are aligned and gaze in the same direction.
In addition to being used to correct strabismus, eye muscle surgery is also performed to treat such other eye disorders as nystagmus or such special types of congenital strabismus as Duane syndrome. Eye muscle surgery is usually done on children, but we also preform the surgery on adults who have similar eye problems. Treating adults with strabismus can eliminate double vision, improve depth perception, and expand the field of vision.
Strabismus Surgery: This type of surgery involves increasing/decreasing the tension of the small muscles on the surface of the eye. This is an outpatient procedure, which involves only a small incision made on the surface of the eye. The earlier in life the surgery is done the better the chance of the child achieving binocular vision, or “depth perception”.
Nystagmus Surgery: Nystagmus is the abnormal persistent, rapid and involuntary oscillatory motion of the eyeball. This surgery helps to center the null zone (The position of the gaze where the nystagmus is least, and vision is best). This eliminates habitual abnormal head posture.
This surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. The eyes are usually straight right after surgery. After the surgery make sure to take the approiate precausions for to allow the eye to heal completely. follow-up appointment with the eye surgeon 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery