Eye muscles are located on the white of the eye (sclera). To straighten the eye, the muscles are disinserted and repositioned to a new location on the eye. This is generally performed under general anaesthetic.
There is some discomfort, but paracetamol will relieve this. Pain requiring stronger pain killers is unusual.
You can drive within a few days unless directed not to by Ms McCreery. Heavy physical activity contact sports and swimming are to be avoided for four weeks.
It is advisable to stay out of work and/or school for one week after surgery. Some people may be able to return to work after three days if their work is sedentary.
You can fly one week after surgery.
No, we operate on infants to the very elderly.
85% of patients have excellent results. However, 15-25% of patients will require a second operation during their lifetime. This is because everyone heals differently and the control of eye position is in the brain and not in the eye muscles themselves. In congenital strabismus most patients need 2-3 operations over their lifetime
Yes, the eye muscles can be repositioned many times.
Yes. This is a very common operation and serious side effects are highly unusual. Intraocular infection occurs in 1:185,000 cases and will often respond to treatment. Double vision can occur but in the vast majority is temporary. The postoperative adjustment procedure in adult patients greatly reduces this risk. Long term double vision occurs in 1% of cases.
In adult patients, at the end of the primary surgery the muscle is temporarily secured. A few hours later, while the patient is awake following their recovery from anaesthetic, the position of the muscle is adjusted to fine tune the eye position. This allows the eye to be positioned as straight as possible.
Our son Jack (15 months) had a turn in his eye and from the very first appointment with Ms McCreery, we had full confidence in her and of the quality of the treatment Jack would receive. We have had this confidence reinforced at every appointment. Ms McCreery is an absolute expert in working with children and diagnosed immediately the issue and identified a course of action for Jack which involved a surgical procedure. As parents, this was a daunting experience however Ms MCreery’s whole surgical and nursing team were incredible in their attention and thoughtfulness for us and this made all the difference to our experience. The surgery has been a huge success and we are delighted with the outcome. I cannot express enough my gratitude to Ms McCreery and her team and we would highly recommend her to any parent.