Strabismus/squint eye is a serious condition that causes crossed eyes due to difficulty in controlling eye muscles. Pristyn Care provides optimal treatment for squint eye in Chennai through a painless surgical procedure, which is safe and affordable. Book your appointment with the best eye doctor in Chennai and plan the treatment.
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About Squint/Strabismus Surgery
Squint surgery is the procedure carried out for the treatment of squint, a condition in which the eyes don’t align properly. Also known as strabismus, squint eyes occur usually due to muscle dysfunction, farsightedness, brain problems, trauma to the eye, or infections. It exists in children and adults. In children, the condition often results in amblyopia or lazy eyes and loss of depth perception. If the onset occurs in adulthood, it results in double vision.
There are six muscles attached to the eye surface that are responsible for eye movements. When any one of these six muscles is imbalanced, it results in squinting. Squint surgery focuses on balancing these muscles (strengthen or weaken) to allow proper eye movements in all directions. The surgery can be carried out on one or both eyes depending on the patient.
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Causes of Squint in Children
Congenital (by birth)
Hereditary or gene-related
Illness, like longsightedness
Lesion on a cranial nerve
Causes of Squint in Adults
Loss of eye muscle control in the brain
Symptoms of Squint
Double vision (in adults)
Lazy eye (in children)
Pulling sensation around the eyes
Difficulty in reading
Loss of depth perception
Types of Strabismus or Squint Eye
Esotropia- Eye turns inward
Exotropia- Eye turns outward
Hypertropia- Eye turns upward
Hypotropia- Eye turns downward
Risks & Complications of Squint Surgery
Change in refraction
Allergic reaction to anesthesia
Anterior segment ischemia
Ptosis of the vertical rectus muscles
Perforation in the eye or nearby structures
Risk Factors of Strabismus
Family history of strabismus
Central nervous system disorders
Cranial nerve palsies
Poor vision in one or both eyes
Diagnosis of of Squint or Strabismus
Before squint surgery, the ophthalmologist or eye doctor will use eye drops to dilate the pupils. Then, the Hirschberg Test or Hirschberg Corneal Reflex Test is performed to assess the eye muscles of a strabismus patient. The examination involves shining a light in the eye to observe where the light reflects from the corneas.
If the corneas are well-aligned, the light reaches the center of the cornea. If it doesn’t, the results will show whether the patient has exotropia, hypertropia, esotropia, or hypotropia. More than one type of strabismus can also occur in the patient.
Squint Surgery Procedure
In earlier stages, glasses or vision therapy is used to address squinting. If these treatments are not effective, squint surgery is recommended for the patient.
The surgery is performed using general anesthesia and takes less than an hour. It is done on an outpatient basis where the patient is discharged on the same day. During the surgery-
The eye/eyes are held open using a lid speculum. In some cases, it is important to operate on both eyes to align them properly.
The surgeon detaches the eye muscle that is imbalanced and moves it to a new position so that both eyes point in the same direction.
The reattachment of the muscles is done with dissolvable stitches.
In some adults and teens, further adjustment of the eye muscles is required to correct the alignment.
Why Pristyn Care?
Delivering Seamless Surgical Experience in India
Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe
Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.
Assisted Surgery Experience
A dedicated Care Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.
Medical Expertise With Technology
Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.
Post Surgery Care
We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is squint surgery painful?
No, squint surgery is not painful at all. The surgery is performed after administering general anesthesia, which makes the entire procedure painless. However, you may feel a little bit uncomfortable post-surgery for a few days. As your eyes heal, the discomfort will also go away.
What age is best for squint surgery?
Squint surgery is safe to be performed on patients of all age groups. The surgery gives the best results when performed on children by 6 years of age. With age, the condition progresses and causes vision problems in the affected eye. Still, the condition can be successfully treated without any age limit.
How long do eyes take to heal after squint surgery?
Typically, it will take around 6 weeks for the eyes to heal and gain full function after squint surgery. As the surgery is performed on the eye muscles, it takes considerable time for the muscles to heal and adjust to their new position.
Can a squint come back?
In rare cases, strabismus may return even after surgical treatment. The risk of recurrence differs for each patient. And it is very difficult to predict the recurrence rate. The recurrence usually happens when the squint was firstly caused by a brain problem. Due to this, the brain may again let the eyes drift in different directions, resulting in recurrence.
How much does squint surgery cost in Chennai?
In Chennai, squint eye surgery cost depends on the number of muscles that need to be pulled. Based on that, the surgery cost can vary from Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 55,000 approximately. To get an estimate for squint eye surgery, you can call Pristyn Care.
Does Pristyn Care accept health insurance for squint surgery in Chennai?
Yes, at Pristyn Care, you can use health insurance to cover squint eye surgery costs in Chennai. The surgery is reconstructive, not cosmetic. Thus, all health insurance providers cover the treatment cost. The amount of coverage you can get may differ depending on your insurance policy. To learn more, talk to our medical coordinators.
What is the success rate of squint surgery at Pristyn Care?
The success rate of squint surgery at Pristyn Care is 80-90%. In children, the treatment of strabismus is more effective than in adults. The success rate also varies depending on the types of strabismus and cause. Only a doctor can tell the estimated success rate after diagnosing the patient’s eye.
Does Pristyn Care provide cab service in Chennai for squint eye treatment?
Yes, Pristyn Care provides cab service for the patients. Our medical care coordinators will arrange a cab that will pick you up from home and drop you off at the hospital or clinic accordingly. Another cab will be arranged that will take you home after the procedure.
Get Squint Eye Treatment in Chennai at Pristyn Care
We at Pristyn Care provide optimum surgical treatment for squint eyes. We understand that strabismus in childhood or adulthood can be very difficult. So, we provide comprehensive treatment to the patients to improve their condition and restore eye function to focus on objects clearly.
Pristyn Care has a team of highly experienced ophthalmologists who have expertise in treating squint eyes in people of all age groups. They will take the necessary steps to customize the treatment plan according to the patient. We accept health insurance for squint eye treatment and also provide No-Cost EMI service. Both these services allow our patients to pay for the treatment without affecting their budget.
To learn more about our services, you can give us a call or fill out the “Book Appointment” form. We will schedule your free consultation with the doctor at the earliest.
Benefits of Squint Eye Surgery
Squint eye surgery can successfully treat the misalignment of the eyes in children and adults. The key benefits this surgery offers are-
Improvement of Eye Position & Appearance- As squint eyes are clearly visible and easily noticeable, many people feel self-conscious due to the condition. With surgical treatment, the eye muscles are strengthened/weakened to allow the eyes to be in a normal position and the appearance of the patient doesn’t get compromised.
Better Eye Coordination- In children, the brain eventually starts taking images from the eye that is properly aligned and ignores the image from the affected eye. In adults, this usually takes a very long time or doesn’t happen at all. Thus, the eye coordination gets compromised and the patient cannot use both eyes together to achieve the binocular vision or 3D vision. The surgery addresses the eye coordination problem and allows the eyes to focus on the same object to create a 3D image.
Improvement in Eye Movements- Due to the misaligned eye muscles, in many cases, squint eyes patients have reduced peripheral (side) vision. With surgical correction of the eye muscles, the movements improve, allowing the eye to see properly on the sides.
Eye Care After Squint Surgery
Extensive eye care is required after squint eye surgery. Immediately after the operation, you will have an eye pad to cover the treated eye. The pad only needs to be kept over the treated eye or eyes for one-day maximum.
Follow the instructions below-
Painkillers are prescribed to the patient to manage the eye pain. It feels like grit or sand is stuck in the eye. Thus, medicines like paracetamol are prescribed.
Redness in the eye lasts for a couple of months, during which you have to avoid poking the eye or rubbing it to make the condition worse.
The stitches also cause itchiness in the eye that lasts for a few weeks until they dissolve. So, avoid touching or rubbing the eyes entirely.
Eye drops are also prescribed for the patient that needs to be used for 2-4 weeks approx. to prevent eye infection.
You can watch TV and read from the next day after surgery as long as you feel comfortable.
Return to work or school only after one week or take longer if you don’t feel ready.
Avoid driving for 1-2 days and ensure that the double vision no longer exists before you drive.
Try not to let soap or shampoo enter your eyes during bathing.
Avoid swimming and contact sports entirely for 2 to 4 weeks.
Do not use make-up products or any other chemical products that can cause irritation in the eyes.
Along with following the doctor’s instructions for post-surgery care, you will also have to see the eye doctor again for follow-ups several times. The doctor will ensure that your eyes are healing well.
At Pristyn Care, we also provide free post-surgery care and follow-up consultations to ensure that patients get all the help they need during recovery.