Eye Muscle Surgery

Jacquelyn - posted on 11/25/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 (5 in Feb) and will be undergoing eye muscle sugery for Strabismus. I am wondering if anyone else has had then done or knows anyone else who has. I am very nervous and have a pit in my stomach just thinking about it. I got a second opinion just today and was told the same thing. Apparently the biggest concern is that it could make reading very difficult. I am very scared for her.

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User - posted on 11/26/2008

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I agree with what the other ladies have posted. The anticipation is definitely worse that the actual event. Her eyes will be blood red for a few days, but they don't feel anything from this. Our daughter had both eyes done. I figured she would be groggy for most of the day, but I was wrong. She never even went back to sleep till that night. She experienced no pain.

Susan - posted on 11/27/2008

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My daughter had surgery this past April, right after she turned 2 to correct Strabismus. The anticipation leading up to the surgery was worse than the actual event. As far as the surgery goes, I went into the operating room until she was asleep and then they brought me to recovery as soon as she started waking up. She went home a couple of hours later and slept a bit for the afternoon. The rest of that day and the next couple, she was a little more tired than usual, would play, but then rest every 5-10 minutes, but otherwise was fine. Her eyes were very red, but that was completely gone within 2 weeks and a lot better after just a week. She saw things differently pretty quickly, she made a couple of comments about things that made us think that. I am so glad we had the surgery. Afterwards, I never really noticed that her eyes were straight, it just looked normal whereas I used to always notice when they were crossing. Good luck! If you want to see pictures or anything, just let me know.

Susan

Candy - posted on 11/26/2008

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I have pictures of my daughter's surgery if you want to see, just post a message on my wall or something :)

Liana - posted on 11/25/2008

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Hi there my son had his surgery when he was 18mths old and he came through it fine just be aware that your daughter won't want to open her eyes for up to 2 days and when she does it does look a little gross but it is normal to have redness then there is the eye drops you get hopefully you will have beter luck then me and that is only to keep the eyes moist and help healing.

My sone is now turning 7 and his eye sight is perfectly fine he copes really well with his reading and writing sometimes I think it's better then my eyesight the only thing is waiting for them to come out of surgery I felt so nervous cause it seemed like it was taking forever as long as you are confident with your doctor it will be fine



Liana

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Megan - posted on 07/03/2015

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My oldest son just turned two in June he has Accommodative Esotropia. He got his first pair of glasses at 18 months, they strengthened his prescription three months later and we started patching a couple of hours a day. Three months after that, his last appointment, I was told that although his vision is improving he will still need Strambismus Surgery before the end of the year. I am willing to do this if I feel that's what he needs but at this point I feel like we are being pushed into it. If his vision is improving then why operate? To the mother's who have had the surgery done, what convinced you it was needed?

Elena - posted on 09/10/2013

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Hi, my daughter is 3 and a half. We have been patching her left eye since previous summer. Her right eye is drifting away when she sees from the distance but it acts quite normal at a short distance. Her left eye would not drift away. We do not notice any issues with the left eye. Her doctor insists we do not delay with the surgery and suggests we fix both eyes. She explaines that once the muscles of one eye are being adjusted, another eye's muscles need to be adjusted too. Did anybody have to go thru this experience and had to decide whether to fix one eye and two eyes at one time? Thank you in advance. Helen

Candy - posted on 11/26/2008

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My daughter had surgery at the age of two and I tell you the anticipation of the surgery is so much worse than the actual ordeal. My daughter's surgery was done in less than an hour. The hardest part for me was stepping back and watching them put her under because she fought that a little. She was very brave! She was back to herself within a couple days. Trust me mama she will do fine. I know its scary thinking about it but once its over she will be able to see better and you will realize it wasn't near as bad as you thought :)

Kim - posted on 11/26/2008

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My boys have that right now. We are going to a Dr in Harrisburg PA that is using bifocals to correct this. So far it is working. The youngest is really bad so far it is helping him.

Jacquelyn - posted on 11/26/2008

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She does not really have a lazy eye, but it does sometimes look that way. I appreciate all of your responses. It really does help. I know in my head that she will be fine, but my heart is breaking a little thinking of my little girl having surgery. They drew us a picture of what her eyes will look like following the surgery. I still don't think that will prepare me. Thanks for your stories. Happy Holidays!

Cassandra - posted on 11/26/2008

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My niece also had this surgery and all was and has continued to be well. I actually work in this (optical) industry, and the complication rate is very low. There are some children as they get older that might need a second surgery, but overall it has helped way more kids. Does she have amblyopia (lazy eye) as well?

Fran - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hello! My daughter's 16 and has a paralyed muscle in one of her eyes. She was patched on/off for years. Also, I had an option of eye surgery, for cosmetic reasons and decided not to chance it. Miracoulsly her vision has gotten a little better at her last opthamologist appointment. I wish you the best of luck and please keep me posted on your daughter! Happiest Holidays! * Fran *

Christy - posted on 11/25/2008

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My third son had this surgery when he was 2. It was a very quick, painless ordeal. It was done outpatient and we were only there about 4 hours total. He was sleepy for about half the day but other than that didn't even know anything had happened. As far as outcome, his eye is much more in line with the other unless he is tired. It was overall a very positive experience so don't worry...it will be easy...

User - posted on 11/25/2008

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My daughter had eye muscle surgery 3 1/2 years ago at the age of 3. She came through fine. She has never had any more issues. They did both eyes at the same time. I, like you was very nervous, but knew it was the right thing. Her eyes both drifted out. So far she has had no issues with seeing things. She is slightly far sighted but not even enough for corrective lenses. I have never regretted having it done. Aside from the future vision problems she was sure to have, it has also saved her from the cruel comments kids can make. Hang in there. I will be praying for her and you as well.



Mary

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