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Eye Muscle Problems in Marietta

Eye muscles attach via tendons to the sclera (the white outer protective covering of the eyeball) at different places just behind the eye. The other end of each of these muscles attaches to a part of the orbit (the eye socket in the skull). These muscles enable the eyes to move up, down, sideways and any angle in-between.

Strabismus (Crossed Eyes or Wandering Eyes)

Typically both eyes move together, receiving the same image and the brain fuses these images into one 3D image. However, if you have a condition called strabismus, one or both eyes deviate out of alignment, most often outwardly (exotropia) or toward the nose (esotropia). The brain receives two different images and either suppresses one or makes you see double.

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Eye Muscle Surgery in Marietta

The purpose of eye muscle surgery is to weaken, strengthen or reposition any of the muscles that move the extra-ocular muscles that control the eye. Eye surgery involving muscles is not performed at all ophthalmology practices. The eye surgeons at Marietta Eye Clinic are trained to provide this specialty service to patients of all ages.

There are two methods to alter extra-ocular muscles.

  1. Traditional surgery: The doctor makes an incision in the conjunctiva (the clear membrane covering the sclera), puts a suture into the muscle to prevent it from getting lost and loosens the muscle from the eyeball with a surgical hook.
  2. Resection: the muscle is detached from the sclera, a piece of muscle is removed so the muscle is shorter and the muscle is reattached to the same place. This strengthens the muscle. In a recession, the muscle is made weaker by repositioning it.

More than one extra-ocular eye muscle might be operated on at the same time.

There are six muscles on each eye; multiple muscles may need to be tightened or weakened to correct pediatric or adult strabismus problems. It takes years of academic reading, instruction, practice and surgical experience to bring quality results to patients. The doctors at Marietta Eye Clinic are proud to bring you the experience of a fellowship trained strabismus specialist who can diagnose and treat the multitude of eye misalignment disorders.

Things to Ask Eye Muscle Surgery Doctors

If you have been told that you might need eye muscle surgery, research this process thoroughly and examine your options. When speaking with an eye muscle specialist, ask these important questions:  

  1. How many eye muscle surgeries has the eye doctor performed?
  2. What type of experience and education does the eye doctor have?
  3. What is the eye muscle surgery success rate?
  4. Does this eye doctor come highly recommended?
  5. How many other Georgia eye muscle surgeons exist?
  6. When is eye muscle surgery required?

If you are seeking eye muscle surgery in Georgia, please feel free to contact us directly and we will be happy to schedule a consultation with our strabismus specialist.