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Squint Eye Treatment- Advanced Strabismus Surgery

Eye muscle surgery is the most effective treatment for squint eye or strabismus. It restores eye functions and prevents vision problems like lazy eye (in children) or double vision (in adults). Undergo squint surgery and correct the alignment of your eyes with the help of the best ophthalmologists in India.

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What is Squint Surgery or Eye Muscle Surgery?

Eye muscle surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed to correct squinting of an eye or both eyes, as required. The eye surgeon or ophthalmologist loosens, tightens, or relocates the eye muscles to correct the structural issues that lead to crossed eyes. 

The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and takes around 40 to 60 minutes. Strabismus surgery delivers the best results when performed on a child before the age of 6. The success rate is also good in adults but there are significant risks of deviation of the corrected eye. 


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Best Treatment Center for Squint Eye Surgery

Squint eye or crossed eye can lead to serious complications if not treated on time. Pristyn Care provides optimal treatment for squint eye or strabismus through minimally invasive eye muscle surgery. We have a highly experienced team of ophthalmologists who are well-trained in performing squint surgery with a success rate of more than 95%. 

Pristyn Care has its own clinics and partnered hospitals across various cities in India. These treatment centers have modern infrastructure and amenities that are required to provide optimum care to each patient. At each of our clinics, we also have a trained nursing staff who takes care of the patients. 

You can book an appointment with Pristyn Care and consult the best eye doctors in India for free to plan squint eye treatment. 


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What happens in Squint Eye Treatment?


Typically, strabismus or squint eye is diagnosed during a regular eye examination. Specifically in children, the condition is diagnosed by a pediatric ophthalmologist. In teenagers and adults, an ophthalmologist will diagnose the condition. 

Firstly, the eye specialist will gather your medical history and general health data to identify the cause of strabismus. A normal visual acuity test and refraction test are done to check if the patient also has refractive errors. To determine the type of strabismus and severity of the condition, the following tests are used- 

After an accurate diagnosis, the doctor recommends the most suitable method of treatment for squint eyes. 

How to prepare for squint surgery?

The preparation for squint surgery starts with a pre-operative assessment of the patients. Some important tests will be performed to check whether it’s safe or not to carry out the procedure. The doctor and his/her medical team will provide you with specific instructions to prepare you for the surgical procedure. 

The common instructions will include the following- 

The doctor’s team will contact you before the surgery to ensure that you are well-prepared and provide all the necessary information, including the potential risks associated with the procedure. 


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Risks & Complications

Though strabismus surgery is generally a safe procedure, there are some risks and complications associated, similar to other surgeries. Some common problems that you may experience are- 

  • Immediate Side Effects– These can be adverse effects of the anesthesia or infection in the eye. These issues can be addressed without long-term consequences. 
  • Vision Impairment- In rare cases, the eye structure may get damaged, or severe endophthalmitis (eye inflammation) may develop, resulting in vision loss. 
  • Bulging Eyes- Also known as exophthalmos, the bulging eye is a condition that develops due to scarring behind the eye. The scarring pushes the eye forward due to the relocation of the eye muscles. 
  • Eye Deviation- Over-correction or under-correction of strabismus can increase eye deviation after the surgery. 

Other than the above risks, some minor complications can also arise after strabismus surgery. These include infection, swelling, or breathing problems. The surgeon takes every possible scenario into account and resolves them properly so that the patient can safely go home. 


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What happens during the surgery?

Before taking you to the operation theater (OT), the patient (or parents in the case of a child) needs to sign a consent form. In the pre-operative area, the patient’s temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen are checked. 

An intravenous (IV) line is attached to the arm or hand. The patient is brought into the operating room (OR), and general anesthesia or local anesthesia is administered to the patient to induce sleep or drowsiness. 

The surgery involves the following steps- 

As soon as the procedure is complete, anesthesia will be stopped. The anesthesia team will ensure that your vitals are stable before taking you to the recovery area. 

What happens after the Surgery?

Immediately after the surgery, you will need close monitoring. Antibiotics will be given to prevent infection in the treated eye. Pain medications will also be given through the IV line. You can expect mild nausea due to the anesthesia. 

The ophthalmologist will check your eye after a few hours. If there are no signs of complications, the doctor will give you permission to go back home. 

You will receive detailed instructions from the medical team regarding eye care after the surgery and for follow-up appointments. You will also be given a list of signs of complications that you need to look out for. 

Benefits of Squint Surgery

The benefits of strabismus surgery are as follows-

Alternatives of Squint Eye Surgery

Besides strabismus surgery, there are other options that can be used to treat a squint eye. These options are- 

Out of all the treatment methods available for the treatment of squint eye, eye muscle surgery is the one that provides the best results. 

What happens if strabismus is left untreated?

In children, strabismus is not serious for up to 4 months. After that, if the condition persists, it can lead to several problems. The longer the eyes stay crossed, the brain will start ignoring the images from the abnormal eye. If the treatment is delayed, the brain will again take a long time to control the abnormal eye following the surgery. 

Other problems that can occur if squint eye is not treated as soon as possible are as follows- 

In some rare cases, a brain tumor may also be the cause of strabismus which will go undetected if you don’t see a doctor promptly. 

Recovery & Results After Squint Surgery

The recovery after squint surgery takes around 4 to 6 months. During this period, you will have to take several precautions and follow the doctor’s instructions carefully for successful recovery. 

The results of squint surgery will be visible right away and you will be able to look in the same direction using both eyes. In the long term, the eye doctor will strictly recommend that you get annual eye examinations so that vision changes and other problems can be identified and managed properly. If the eye starts to deviate again, a revision eye muscle surgery will also be required for correction. 

FAQs about Squint

Which doctor should I consult for strabismus treatment?

For strabismus treatment, you can see a pediatric ophthalmologist (for infants and children) or an ophthalmologist (for adults). If possible, try to find a doctor who specializes in squint surgery. 


Do I need to consult a developmental optometrist for a squint eye?

It is always helpful to consult a developmental optometrist as they specialize in behavioral optometry. The optometrist can determine whether or not your vision can be improved through a learning process. Pre and post-surgical consultation with a developmental optometrist will certainly help. 


Is strabismus surgery the only treatment option for a crossed eye?

No, strabismus treatment options primarily depend on the type of strabismus and other factors, such as the direction of the eye turns, angle of deviations, presence of convergence insufficiency, double vision, amblyopia, or lazy eye. Sometimes, non-surgical options, such as glasses, prisms, and vision therapy, can also be effective to improve vision and eye alignment. 


How can I book an appointment with Pristyn Care’s eye specialists?

You can book an appointment with Pristyn Care’s eye specialists by giving us a call or by filling out the “Book Appointment” form. Our medical care coordinators will get in touch with you to schedule your doctor consultation at the earliest convenience. 


Does age affect the success rate of squint surgery?

Sometimes, age can impact the success rate of squint surgery. For instance, early occurring constant strabismus treatment is more effective at an early age. With age, the condition will become more prominent and the eyes will take longer to function together. 


Will I require multiple squint surgeries to correct crossed eyes?

There are significant possibilities that you will require multiple surgeries to treat crossed eyes properly. The eye specialist will clarify how many surgeries are likely to be performed to treat the condition effectively in your case. 


What is the recurrence rate of squint eyes after surgical treatment?

Eye muscle surgery realigns the eyes but can’t restore the connection between the eyes and the brain. Thus, there are 1% to 3% chances that the eyes will deviate again even after surgery in adults. In children, the recurrence rate is lower. 


Can I prevent squint eye?

It is very difficult to prevent squint eye, even recurrence after the surgery. The best thing you can do is get your eyes examined regularly to detect strabismus and other eye problems. 


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