JUL 23, 2013
This prospective study found that while strabismus surgery complications with the potential for a poor outcome are relatively common, the final clinical outcome is good in the majority of cases.
Cases were identified from September 2008 through August 2010. Questionnaires were sent when the complication was recognized and at six months' follow-up.
The rate of severe complications was 1 in 400 operations, with 16 percent of these cases experiencing a poor or very poor outcome.
The most common reported complication was perforation of the globe, followed by a suspected slipped muscle, severe infection, scleritis and lost muscle. Complications were reported in adults and children in equal numbers, although scleritis was significantly more common in adults.
The authors note that the study design may have led to underreporting and that the small numbers in each category are not sufficient to provide firm recommendations.