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Strabismus is a medical problem which affects the eyes. A person with this condition does not have the ability to focus both eyes on the same spot at one time. There is more than one reason that a person suffers from Strabismus. Some patientís eye muscles on the outside of their eyes donít work the way theyíre created to, causing the problem. Another reason for a patient to suffer from the condition is that there is a disorder in the brain which prevents the eyes from focusing properly. The problem is corrected by having surgery, and is usually done as an out-patient procedure.

Strabismus is a condition that can affect adults or children. When a patient has Strabismus, their eyes are not in alignment, and may be crossed. The eyes could also rotate inward or outward. Some people have the condition because it can be genetic and hereditary. The brain disorders which may cause Strabismus include conditions of the circulatory system, Graveís disease, which most people refer to as thyroid disease, diabetes, or myasthenia gravis. The muscles on the outside of the eyes work in pairs, and the problem can affect all of the eye muscles.

In some patients, Strabismus may be controlled by non-surgical means including exercises to strengthen the muscles of the eyes, or by wearing glasses. When a person has Strabismus, the doctor will try methods other than surgery to determine whether surgery is necessary. After trying methods to reverse the condition, the doctor will complete an evaluation of the patient. When the decision has been made for Strabismus surgery, the doctor will discuss the procedure including all the risks, and will answer questions prior to surgery. Your doctor will likely recommend a surgeon that they work with on a regular basis.

Strabismus surgery is performed according to which eye muscles are affected by the condition. In some cases, the eye muscles have to be loosened when the eye turns inward. Some surgeons will recommend severing part or all of a particular muscle. Sometimes surgery is done in order to tighten a muscle or muscles of the eye. Only a qualified surgeon can make the appropriate recommendations. The patient is instructed about what will happen before, during, and after the surgery. General anesthesia is administered to the patient before the surgery. If there arenít any complications, Strabismus surgery usually takes about an hour. Following surgery, the eyes will be very moist, and there may be some swelling and bruising which goes away in approximately 2 weeks.

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