Squint surgery: Everything you need to know about the treatment of squints in adults
Squints or strabismus is a common condition in which the eyes are not aligned in the same direction as each other. A person suffering from squints will have his/her one eye turn inwards, outwards, downwards, or upwards while the other eye looks somewhere else.
Strabismus affects about one in twenty children. Usually, they develop before the child turns five, but sometimes, they can appear later in life when the child turns adult. Adults having squints can also be treated.
Symptoms of squints in adults
- Eye fatigue
- Both the eyes moving in different directions
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Loss of depth perception
- Pulling sensation around the eyes
- Failing to make direct eye contact while talking to the people
- Overlapped images that result in confusion in seeing things
Cause of squints in adults
There can be many reasons behind the development of squints in adults, like:
- New squint can develop due to many disorders like myasthenia gravis, thyroid eye disease, stroke, tumours, trauma
- A childhood squint that could not be detected then, or was fixed with surgery but starts getting worse
- Sometimes, a loss of vision can cause an outward deviation of the eye
- Muscles controlling the movement of the eye gets damaged
Treatment of squints in adults
The best treatment options will be discussed with you only after an extensive eye check-up. Your eye specialist will prescribe you with new eyeglasses and suggest a couple of things that can be done in combination with wearing spectacles to treat squints.
Eye muscle exercises:
Squint eye surgery:
Are you aware of convergence insufficiency? It is a common eye condition in which a person's eyes move outwards when he/she tries to focus on the objects nearby. It creates a double vision, headaches, and difficulty in reading.
Eye muscle exercises play an important role here. Practising certain eye muscle exercises can help eyes to align themselves for easy reading or doing some work which needs near focus. Your eye specialist might help you in training eyes to focus inward.
Glasses containing prisms can help you in mild to moderate double vision related with squints. Your eye specialist might recommend you to get it clipped on top of your spectacles or it can be put within eyeglasses lenses.
Surgery is the last option to treat squints. During the surgery, a surgeon tightens, loosens, or repositions eye muscles to align both the eyes. Recovery from squint surgery might take several weeks. During this time, the patient can feel itchiness or pain in the eyes, but it eventually goes after a time.
Why go for squint surgery?
Many people think that squint surgery is purely a cosmetic procedure. But, there are many other benefits of the squint surgery as well, like:
- Better eye alignment
- A decrease in eye fatigue
- A decrease in double vision
- Enhanced social and professional interactions
Risks associated with squint surgery
There are always some risks to consider when it comes to surgery. Likewise, complications associated with squint surgery might involve:
- Reduced vision
- Allergic reactions
- Improper repositioning of eye muscles
- The patient might see double vision
Is squint surgery successful in adults?
Treatment of squints in adults usually turns out to be a successful one. The patient can experience better eye alignment post the surgery. Depending upon the severity of squints, some patients Jun require additional surgery to get it corrected.
Your surgeon will discuss the type of anaesthesia required for the surgery. Usually, this surgery is done on an outpatient basis and the patient is allowed to get back home the same day. Squint surgery is an extremely safe procedure that dramatically improves the quality of life of the patient.
Precautions to be kept in mind post squint surgery in adults
- Use eye drops and painkillers as advised by the doctor
- Say 'no' to swimming for some weeks
- Use eyeglasses and not contact lenses as much as you can for a few weeks
- Don't rub your eyes
- Visit the doctor again as recommended
- Avoid water to get into your eyes. Instead, use lukewarm water and cotton to clean eyes and the surrounding areas
Centre for Sight has got solutions for many eye-related disorders. Our able team treats squints both in children and adults with the best possible treatment options. We are available for our patients in Delhi and many other parts of the country for many eye-related disorders and the treatment of squints in adults. Visit us in case of any eye ailment, a disorder, etc.
Article: Everything about the Treatment of Squints in Adults
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Jun 30, 2020 | UPDATED 03:15 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.