Eye muscle surgery is an in-office surgical procedure that repairs muscle imbalances in the eyes that lead to strabismus, a condition wherein the eyes are crossed inwards or outwards. People with strabismus seem to be looking in different directions. This condition should be treated promptly with eye muscle surgery to avoid lifelong vision problems. Eye muscle surgery realigns the eyes, ensuring they point in the same direction.
What is eye muscle surgery?
Who needs eyelid or eye muscle surgery?
Eyelid and eye muscle changes are common in thyroid eye disease and can lead to dry eye, double vision, or an unacceptable cosmetic appearance. Patients who have stable thyroid eye disease are candidates for these surgeries. Eye muscle repair surgeries, meanwhile, are suitable for patients with inward or outward crossed eyes, i.e., strabismus.
Before and after surgery for double vision.
Before and after eyelid retraction surgery.
Can this be combined with orbital decompression?
In select cases, Dr. Ramesh combines eyelid surgery with orbital decompression. However, Dr. Ramesh feels the most predictable results are found when eyelid or cosmetic surgery is performed after patients have healed completely from the orbital decompression.
What is recovery like after eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery doesn’t involve extended downtime or recovery periods. You’ll experience post-surgery bruising and swelling for a few days, but they can be controlled with cold compresses and ice packs. You can resume light activities, like walking, after a day to speed up the healing process. The stitches will have to be removed during your follow-up appointment after a week. However, if the surgeon uses non-absorbable stitches, there’s no need to have them removed. Most people can resume all normal activities within 7 to 10 days.