I can see only low white light. Will squint surgery help me?

Q. Will squint surgery improve vision?

Answered by
Dr. Chandrashekhar Kale
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 23, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 05, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a 29 year old male. My left eye is not entirely blind, but if I watch a powerful light, I just see a low white light. This problem is about 23 years. Is it due to retinal detachment and it has become squint heavily. I repaired my detachment with scleral buckle nine months ago, and it is the same likely previous time. If I want a strabismus surgery now, is it possible? What should be the minimum gap between these two surgeries? Are there any risks of my squint surgery? I have got surgery in my eyes thrice previously. First time for cataract, second time retinal detachment repair with silicon oil and the third time for silicon oil removal. I also have rubber or scleral buckle inside of my eye. Will they get removed during the strabismus surgery? Will strabismus surgery affect my good vision that is, my right eye? If yes, then how long will it take to recover? If the answer no, then please explain me the real reason. I am asking all the above as a second opinion from you before heading to the operation. Thank you.



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You can undergo squint correction surgery in your left eye. However, this will purely be a cosmetic surgery. There will be no improvement in your left eye vision. Also, there will be a possibility of recurrence of squint in left eye after surgery, as the eye is almost blind. The scleral buckle has to be removed before squint surgery after taking clearance from the retina surgeon. Both the surgeries can be done in the same setting. The strabismus surgery will not affect your good (right eye) vision.

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