Chapter 6: What are the Options in Strabismus Treatment?
A Patient & Parent Guide to Strabismus Surgery
George R. Beauchamp, M.D.
As with any non-life threatening condition, the options range from no treatment—through optical, prismatic,certain medical, and occasional exercise therapies—to surgery. In leading up to a recommendation for surgery, you and your doctor have either tried or excluded for lack of benefit, non-surgical options. Hence, the choice will likely narrow to continuing with the condition and its current therapy (if any) or eye muscle surgery. Unfortunately, the only party that can make this decision is the person who bears the condition or that person’s family, particularly parents and caregivers.
Your doctor will give you his or her best recommendation, and you should feel comfortable that you understand the risks, potential benefits, limitations and alternatives to strabismus surgery. If you do not have this comfort, you should discuss the matter with your doctor or seek a second (or more) opinion(s) from additional specialists. Your doctor should be willing and able to help you seek additional opinions about you or your child’s care.
Chapter 7: The Preoperative Consultation
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