Adult Strabismus Surgery
About Eye Muscle Surgery in Adults
Strabismus—and surgery to correct it—is similar to surgery in children, with some significant differences. Adults may have had strabismus their entire conscious lives, and are more likely to have had previous surgery. Strabismus may have also been acquired and be secondary to a wide range of associated medical conditions—traumatic, medical and neurological. Adults also have longstanding, and often more complex feelings about their strabismus. They know about their conditions, may have worried about the effects on their futures, and have accumulated (of ten negative) experience—their own and the reactions of others. Technically, the procedures can be more challenging, particularly if previous eye surgery has been extensive and/or the conditions more complex. Adult, especially elderly, tissues are more delicate to manipulation and slower to heal than children. All of this, when successfully overcome, makes successful correction of strabismus in adults gratifying to all.
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