• What is the probability of the recurrence of strabismus after surgery?


    Question:

    I have lazy eye with blurred vision and exotropria (eye turning outward) in my left eye. I’m considering muscle surgery for cosmetic alignment of the left eye. If it gets properly aligned, what are the chances the problem returns years later?


    Answer:

    Strabismus surgery, or eye straightening surgery, can give patients a normal appearance and may in some circumstances eliminate double vision and restore binocular vision (when both eyes work together to create one image). Unfortunately, the benefit of surgery in terms of eye alignment is not always permanent and some patients' eyes will drift again, requiring another surgery. It is very difficult to predict whether a patient’s eye will drift again after surgery because each case is different. Ask your ophthalmologist about your specific risk of recurrence given your particular situation.