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Squint (strabismus) can present in adults as well as children. Also known as wall-eyed the eyes point in different directions. Sometimes one eye stays focused while the other drifts in an opposite direction.

If conservative methods to correct squint are not successful your consultant may recommend surgery.

What happens during squint surgery?

Squint surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes about 40 minutes.

Your surgeon will separate one or more eye muscles and reattach them, making them tighter or looser than they were before depending on the correction that needs to be made. Once the muscles are in the correct position they will be stitched into place using dissolvable stitches.

Going home after squint surgery

Squint surgery is usually done as a day case meaning you should be able to go home the day of the procedure.

Your eyes may be sore or feel scratchy for the first few days. Take over the counter pain relief if needed.

It can take several weeks to fully recover from squint surgery. Avoid activities that could result in anything getting into your eyes such as washing your hair. Avoid playing any sports for about two weeks. You should not swim for about one month following squint surgery.

Discuss any return to work or school with your consultant.

Most people make a good recovery from squint surgery. As with any procedure there could be complications.

General complications may include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Specific complications of squint surgery may include:

  • Continued squint
  • Localised bleeding in the eye
  • Injury to the eyeball (rare)

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
Overall rating Outstanding
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 436351
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Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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