Immediately after Surgery
Eye muscle surgery is an outpatient procedure which typically lasts between 30 minutes and two hours. Once the surgeon finishes, patients need an hour or so to wake up from the anesthesia. During this time, your doctor will monitor you to make sure there are no unintended aftereffects. Some patients require suture adjustment a few hours after surgery, which is typically involves little to no discomfort.
Common Symptoms after Treatment
Minor discomfort, bruising, and swelling are all common after strabismus surgery. Most patients are able to manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medications. In addition, you may notice pink or reddish tears or other mucus discharge. These are normal for the first few days after surgery. You can wipe them away with a damp cloth.
The surface of your eye will likely appear bright red for a while after strabismus surgery. This redness is essentially a bruise. Since blood is closer to the surface of the eye, bruising is typically a brighter color. For some patients, redness clears within a few days, while for others, it may take several weeks or even a few months to disappear.
You may also experience double vision after their surgery. This issue is normal as it can take a few days or weeks for the brain to adjust to the new eye position. The alignment of your eyes will also change throughout the healing process. It may take several months before you reach your final alignment.