Squint Correction Surgery

(Squint Correction)

Summary

Squint correction surgery can help improve your appearance and allow the eyes to function better together.

A squint is a condition where the eyes point in different directions. One eye may turn inwards, outwards, upwards or downwards while the other eye looks forward. The medical name for a squint is strabismus. Squints can cause, blurred or double vision or lazy eye (amblyopia) – when the brain starts to ignore signals coming from the eye with the squint. Squints are common and affect about 1 in 20 children. They usually develop before a child is five years of age, but can appear later. Most squints need to be treated as soon as possible to improve the chances of successful treatment. Common treatments include glasses and eye exercises. If your child has a lazy eye, they may need to wear an eye patch to improve the vision in the affected eye.

If these treatments aren’t successful, corrective surgery will most likely be required. This involves moving the muscles that control the movement of the eye. Risks from surgery are rare, although sometimes more than one operation will be needed. Occasionally, squints corrected during childhood reappear in adulthood.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

Surgery to correct a squint commonly takes around 30 to 45 minutes to complete is carried out in the day surgery unit. Surgery involves moving the muscles attached to the outside of the eye to a new position. It may be necessary to operate on both eyes to balance them, even if the squint is only in one eye.

During the operation, your eye will be kept open using an instrument called a lid speculum. Your consultant ophthalmologist will detach one part of the muscle connected to the eye and will either move it backwards to weaken the pulling effect, or shorten it to increase the pulling effect. Once the correction has been made, the muscles will be sewn back into place using dissolvable stitches.

It can take several weeks to fully recover from corrective eye surgery. After surgery, you or your child may have a sore eye for a few days. The pain can be treated using simple painkillers. Following eye surgery, a pad may be put over the affected eye, which will usually be removed before you are discharged from hospital or the following day.

To find out more

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

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