Strabismus, also called 'crossed eyes' or squint, is a permanent deviation of one or both eyes. People with a strabismus eye have the appearance of not looking in a straight direction.
Basically, there are six muscles that have the task of direction control and turning function in the eyes. The problem arises when the person loses control of his or her eye muscles. If any of these muscles fail to function properly, it can cause a squint. As a result, a person’s eyes do not look straight.
Higher levels of strabismus can be caused by a failure in nerves that are responsible for transferring movement signals to the eyes.
In addition to the aforementioned issues, external conditions can also cause this problem. One example is injuries or accidents. Strabismus surgery is a surgical solution to all of these conditions.
What is strabismus surgery?
Strabismus surgery, also referred to as squint surgery, crossed eyes surgery, and eye muscle repair surgery is the surgical treatment of eyes' misalignment. This procedure is used where non-surgical approaches such as vision therapy, wearing glasses, and prism lenses do not help the situation. In this surgery, one or more eye muscles are manipulated to correct the eye alignment.
Why strabismus surgery in Iran?
Iran’s ophthalmology has progressed massively in recent years, currently competing with the United States and Europe. In terms of surgical treatment especially, this country has been able to reach the same level as developed countries. The country is also self-sufficient in required equipment for performing various eye surgeries.
Furthermore, Iran's becoming a pioneer in terms of the number of eye surgeries performed. The most complicated eye surgeries are currently carried out in specialized eye hospitals and clinics across the country with success.
The number of visits to Europe for eye surgeries from Persian Gulf countries and some other countries has also dropped and Iran has taken the place of European countries for eye patients. The reason, indeed, lies behind the great proficiency of Iranian ophthalmology specialists.
Another strong factor making patients seek their eye treatment in Iran is the affordability of such treatments. The cost of eye surgeries in this country is about 70% lower compared to western countries.
There's also zero waiting time for the patients to book their surgeries with one of the best ophthalmologists in the country.
These advantages turn Iran into an ideal destination for those who are in the immediate need for eye correction surgery.
Strabismus surgery cost in Iran
The cost of strabismus surgery in Iran is more affordable and it is considerably lower than clinics in the UK, the US or neighboring countries in the region. A strabismus surgery cost in Iran is approximately $1,400 to $2,200. However, the cost of this procedure in the United States ranges from $7,000 up to $9,000 or more.
Strabismus surgery procedure in Iran
Strabismus surgery in Iran takes less than 1 to 2 hours. Most of the time, the patient is not required to stay overnight at the hospital. Depending on whether the candidate is a child or an adult, the surgeon might use either general or local anesthesia.
The surgeon keeps the patient’s eyelids open with a speculum. An opening is then made through the conjunctiva to access the muscle. The involved muscle is weakened, strengthened or moved to the intended position. A knot is fastened in place.
What to expect before strabismus surgery?
Apart from general health check-ups and medical history considerations, the doctor may carry out a set of tests and exams before the surgery. Diagnosis tests include measuring vision clarity involving reading letters, eye alignment testing to measure up whether both eyes focus properly or coordinate with each other.
The doctor may also conduct a refraction test on candidates to determine the lens power. Various assessment tests may be advised to determine the structure of internal parts of the eyes.
All these tests intend to find any sign of developed strabismus. If that was the case, surgical treatment can be discussed as a final option.
Strabismus surgery recovery
The recovery of squint surgery lasts from 1 to 2 weeks. During this period, the patient may experience some level of pain, discomfort and redness in or around the eyes as well as pink or red tears. The patient may also feel that there's an object in the eyes.
As the recovery depends on the procedure itself, patients may have shorter or longer recovery periods. Most patients are done with post-op symptoms within a few days. However, some may observe them up until the end of the first month. The full results also show off within 1 to 2 months after the surgery.