Crossed eyes or double vision

What is strabismus?

Strabismus, also known as ‘crossed eyes’, is a vision disorder whereby the eye movements do not line up in the same direction. Sometimes, the sharpness of vision is not the same in the two eyes. Mostly, one eye is noticeably different. The eye affected by strabismus may look inwards, outwards or even up or down. Essentially, the balance between the two eyes is disrupted.
Strabismus appears mainly in children and begins soon after birth or a bit later. As an adult, you can also develop strabismus after an accident, a nerve disease or a stroke.

Treatment of strabismus

If you want to have your child’s eyes ‘corrected’, you can opt for an operation for strabismus. As an adult, you can also opt for this operation on the eye muscle. It is important to know that this procedure is intended to shorten or move your eye muscles, so that your eyes are once again the same. With this procedure, only the eye muscles are treated, and so your visual acuity will not improve as a result. Often, one operation is enough to improve the eye position, but sometimes several operations are needed to achieve an optimal result.

The procedure

An operation for strabismus is carried out under general anaesthetic in an outpatient ward of a hospital. The parent or guardian can stay with the child until he or she is under anaesthetic.

Normally, the patient feels very little pain in the eyes after the operation and in principle can do everything. A week after the operation, we schedule a check-up with the orthoptist.

How much does an operation for strabismus cost?

During the consultation, we will explain the costs of your specific treatment. This treatment is covered by medical insurance.