Can anyone help? Regarding surgery for Exotropia (lazy eye)

Ashleigh - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My almost 3 year old daughter has Exotropia ( lazy or wandering eye ) and is having surgery to correct this on the 5th of Feb 2010. My question is has anybodies young child had this surgery and if so what is expected during the operation and after ( the healing process ) I have spoken to her specialist about it and looked on the internet but need more info to make my daughter as comfortable as possible before, during and after the surgery. Any advice would be great.

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Melinda - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hi Ashleigh,



My oldest son had the corrective surgery when he was two years old. I remember it very well, it's not everyday your little ones need surgery. The part that was a little hard for me was when they put him under, I think this is hard for any parent because you will probably be holding your baby when they do it. The surgery didn't take too long if I remember right it was maybe 45 min to an hour. After the surgery my son was kind of scared while recovering from the anesthesia so you can expect to do a lot of comforting. The only other hard thing is that after the surgery they will have some blood in their eyes so their tears will be bloody. It is perfectly normal and goes away pretty quickly. All in all it was a safe and quick procedure. For after the surgery you can expect to have frequent follow-ups with the eye doctor, anywhere from every 3-6 months depending on your doc and the surgery. That was the case for my son for about 2-3 years after the surgery. My son is 8 years old now and never had a problem after the surgery and the lazy eye never returned. We tried patches for a long time before the surgery and they never worked so I would do the surgery again in a heartbeat. No worries, it will be over before you know it! Good luck

Rebecca - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son had eye muscle surgery on both eyes when he was nine months old. We are scheduled for his second surgery on Feb 12th. I agree with what one mom posted about the anesthesia being the scariest part. It has to do with how limp a child goes when they're under. From the time I left my son in the operating room, til the doctor came in to talk to me was about 45 mintutes. It was another 30 minutes while the nurses wook him off the anesthesia and woke him up. HE was really groggy for the rest of the day. (He slept so much, I checked on him all the time!) The whites of his eyes were red for about a week, and his tears looked bloody for that day. I gave him tylenol (normal OTC stuff) that day and the next, but that was it. He rubbed his eyes some, but seemed pretty normal once he slept off the anesthesia. I'm really hoping that this surgery is as easy as the first! As long as you feel good about your surgeon, then there is no reason to worry. IF you can stay relaxed, your child can too!

Good Luck!

Jill - posted on 01/15/2010

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I had surgery twice at 5 and 13, the first time my mom cut my hair short so it would be easier to take care of but that was back in 1980. the second time all i really remember is my vision being blurry for a few hours and having goo on my eyes, but i didn't feel any pain or anything like that.

Jessica - posted on 01/15/2010

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my son had this surgery at three years old. It was a very quick outpatient surgey. He had no complications other than a little grogginess from the anesthesia and his eyes were blood shot for a couple of days he was fine though. He had to have regular follow ups with his eye doctor right after but he is almost 8 now and is doing great!!! Things will be fine...It seems to be harder on the parents than the kids.

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hi,

if i remember correctly, the reddness didn't totally go away for about ten days or so. another helpful hint would be to get your daughter a pair of sunglasses to wear outside cause the light may bother her eyes for a bit, i know it did for me.

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Lynette - posted on 02/17/2013

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hi heidi! did your daughter end up having anymore surgery for the crossing of the eyes or what other method did you use? and if you did use another method did it work?

Lynette - posted on 02/17/2013

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I am dealing with the same situation where as my daughter had the extropia eye surgery on both eyes and the cross more now than ever

Ahshar - posted on 01/15/2013

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Hello Hayle, I am dealing with the same situation I just wanted to know how the surgery turned out and how is she after these past years?

User - posted on 06/17/2011

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My 11 year old daughter had eye muscle surgery for exotropia on June 9th. Now, her eyes are frequently crossing. One eye is much redder than the other. Does this sound typical? If so, when should I expect to see the eyes align correctly? Thank you to anyone who cn help me with these questions.

Anncilla - posted on 01/24/2010

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Hi Barbie
Those were the same thing my daughter did and her eye strengthened surgery was not needed. She is 18 and does not wear glasses. She has perfect vision. Be regular with the patch like the doctors suggest. It worked for my daughter. God bless you.

Barbie - posted on 01/24/2010

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My 22 month old was born with the same thing. We actually started her wearing a patch 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time. It has helped tremendously, but the specialist says she still might have to have an operation when she's about 4 or 5. I am interested to read your replies. Thanks so much.

Anncilla - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter had a lazy eye, when she was younger and she was asked to do exercises to strengthen her eye. It helped and her eye condition improved, it probably took 2 to 3 years. I had no idea there was corrective surgery for it. I wish you and your daughter well during this time.

Rachel - posted on 01/17/2010

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Don't do it yet- I worked for an optometrist in NC and pediatric specialist- look into vision therapy-there are special exercises that can teach her how to correct her lazy eye herself. I had one myself and had to have the surgery twice (very traumatic for a 7 year old-can't imagine 3)- they will put her under with a local and for me (20= years from then still remember how scary that was. PLEASE look into pediatric optometrist (ophthalmologists usually vote for surgery as the only way-where as optometrists-look for other alternatives first-but will refer to an ophthalmologist when other alternatives are exhausted. I wish you and your daughter luck on whatever you choose

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My daughter may have this down the line, she is only 7mths old but was born with a cataract in her right eye, she had surgery at 7 weeks old. 1 in 6 will get a lazy eye im hoping she wont but am interested in hearing how your daughter goes.

Raquel - posted on 01/15/2010

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My husband also had this, but did natural treatments of Bates Therapy and he is now 100%. Make sure you understand all of the risks of having the surgery. There are A LOT of alternatives that work very well.

Ashleigh - posted on 01/15/2010

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Thankyou, will take her sunglasses. I do feel much more confident about my daughters surgery now so thankyou to all who replied, very much appreciated! tho I dont think ill be cutting her hair lol! thanks again ;)

Ashleigh - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hi Lisa,



Thankyou Lisa for the reply! My daughter is also having both eyes operated on. How long, if you do remember, did it take for the redness to go away? Thankyou again for your help ;)

Ashleigh - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hi Melinda,



Thankyou very much for the reply! Makes me feel little better now. Happy to hear your son is doing so well. My daughter has to have BOTH her eyes operated on poor little thing but she should be fine......not sure about me tho! thanks again for your help, very much appreciated. Take care. ;)

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Hello,

My children have not had this surgery, but I have when I was younger 9 yrs and 11 yrs old), in both eyes. From what I remember after the surgery was over and I woke up, your eye feels very tight and my sight was a bit blurry and I was seeing double for a while, but i can assure you that all of that goes away and is normal. The eye will also be blood shot which is normal. If there is anything else you would like to know please feel free to message me and I will try to answer you as best I can. Hope this helps a bit. Your daughter will be just fine!

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