Types of strabismus surgery
There are two basic types of strabismus surgery:
- Muscle recession: In this strabismus surgery, a muscle’s insertion (or point of attachment) to the eye is moved back. This is done when a muscle is thought to be pulling too much or is too tight. The recession allows the muscle to relax so the eye can straighten.
- Muscle resection: In this strabismus surgery, a muscle is tightened without changing its point of attachment. This is done when a muscle is thought to be weak or not pulling enough. The resection tightens the muscle, therefore helping to straighten the eyes.
A single strabismus surgery may include a combination of recessions or resections of one or more muscles. In addition, the surgery may be performed in one or both eyes.
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