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Overview

Strabismus: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Crossed eyes

How is the treatment done?

Strabismus is a disease associated with the eyes where the eyes are not in alignment and the eyeballs point in different points. In this case one eye might appear to be pointed in the right direction and the other eye points at a different direction. The faulty eye may be pointed at one direction at a time and then become normal again after sometime. This symptom may come and go. This disease is common in children and it might occur with some people at a later stage too. Strabismus causes some visual disruption which might cause you to have headaches, eye strains and also case of jittery vision. Strabismus is mainly caused by neurological problems that hamper the proper functioning of the extraocular nerves associated with the eye. The motor nerve that controls the binocular vision fails to control the eyeball’s direction. Strabismus might also occur from genetics where if your parent has strabismus, there is a high chance that you might develop strabismus as well. Infants when they are born, might have strabismus but it can improve over a period of time and sometimes they do not. If you are left untreated with strabismus, eventually it might lead to visual impairment.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Strabismus often requires a procedure of surgery for which you need to consult with an ophthalmologist. The success of surgery depends on the condition of the eye but in most of the cases, gradually the eyes become aligned again and function properly. The surgery helps to improve the motor nerve of the eyes and maintains the proper alignment of the eyeballs. There are also some cases of non surgical treatment such as vision therapy. The vision therapy might also be associated with the post surgery process. During the surgery the eyeball is nevr removed from the socket, there is a small incision in the covering layer of the eye and the eye muscles are detached from the wall and the eyes are repositioned during the surgery. If you are facing the problem of strabismus only on one eye during surgery it might also be necessary to perform surgery on both of the eyes as well. The recovery time is rapid and then the person who is suffering can continue to perform day to day activities within a few days. The ophthalmologist may also advise you to wear specific bifocal glasses which reduce the focusing effort and the lenses help to straighten the eye. However, if the crossing of eyes are still persistent, surgery may be required.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Strabismus usually occurs from a small age. If you are suffering from strabismus then you might notice that one of your eyes is not properly aligned or not properly directed towards the position that you want it to. There might also be jittered vision and cause headaches. The crossed eye might come and go and no matter how hard you try, the crossed eye condition is involuntary. If you are facing with these problems then you must consult an ophthalmologist and start the treatment right away.

Are there any side effects?

Those who have a deformed eye structure or different positioning of the eye due to some kind of trauma or past accidents are required to consult with an ophthalmologist as they might not suffer from strabismus. In cases like these you are not eligible for the treatment of strabismus.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The treatment of surgery for strabismus usually do not lead to any side effects, however there might be some complications regarding the surgery. After the surgery, one can have a case of diplopia (where one suffers a case of overcorrectment of the eyeballs which again results to improper positioning of the eye). Those who do not have a proper immune system, they might suffer from post operative infection which are caused due to a chorioretinal scar due to the incision performed.

How long does it take to recover?

The post treatment guideline for the case of strabismus involves mainly visual therapy. The vision therapies help the smooth functioning of the eye and help the eyeball to reposition to its original place. If you have a surgery then you should not apply direct water to your eye for at least two to three days. If you do not take care of yourself after the surgery then there is also a chance that the condition of strabismus might come back. You should also look out for the case of overcorrection of the eyeballs which does not eliminate the problem of eye crossing.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The recovery time for the case of strabismus is rapid. If you have a surgery and follow the post treatment guidelines along with the medications which you are prescribed, you should take about two weeks for your eyes to be normal again.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The medications such as tablets, eye drops range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,500 monthly. If you undergo a surgery then depending on the condition and the medical facilities it ranges from Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 30,000. The cost for vision therapies usually range from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,500 (monthly).

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results for the treatment of strabismus are very effective and the recovery time is rapid. However, there might be some post surgery infections if you have complications regarding your immune system. With proper medications and vision therapies you can gradually see that your eyeballs will be in the right position at all times.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: High Price Range:

Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 3,000

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6 Ways Botox is Beneficial to You!

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6 Ways Botox is Beneficial to You!

Botox, derived from Clostridium Botulinum, is a cosmetic treatment often used to smooth wrinkled skin. Botox was originally used to treat spasms as it has muscles freezing qualities. Eventually it was discovered that Botox could cure the wrinkles present in the corner of the eyes,which are famously known as the crow's feet and as well as the superficial wrinkles just because it possessed the muscle freezing property.

In today's world, everyone is conscious about getting wrinkles or any other ageing signs. Eventually you will have to deal with them. But until it is absolutely obligatory for you to embrace those signs, Botox is an extremely efficient cosmetic treatment to control them.

Here are the different ways in which Botox is beneficial to you:

  1. Botox is nonsurgical: Botox can help you to get flawless skin without any surgery. Botox is administered into your skin in the form of injections. Hence, the hassle of going through a surgery is totally unnecessary.
  2. Botox lifts your eyebrow: Your eyebrow may drop due to various factors like age or lifestyle. Botox helps lift your drooping eyebrows; giving you a fresher and youthful look.
  3. Botox reduces excessive sweating: Excessive sweating can be extremely embarrassing at times, especially if it is under the arms. To be saved from this embarrassment, you can take a Botox shot and it will reduce the amount of sweat produced in your body, hence preventing excessive sweating.
  4. Botox can help with migraines: If you are suffering from migraine headaches, you might consider taking a Botox shot, as it may help reduce your headache and decrease their recurrence. It is extremely beneficial for those who suffer from chronic headaches during one such migraine attack.
  5. Botox helps with eye spasm: Botox helps cure strabismus, diplopia and blepharospasm. Botox relaxes the eye muscles so that they do not work against each other and let the defected muscles heal.
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Although Botox has many benefits, it is still advised you consult your doctor before taking up the treatment.

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Benefits of Botox Is Not Just Limited to Wrinkles

Benefits of Botox Is Not Just Limited to Wrinkles

The quest to look and feel young is never ending. Almost everybody feels they could look a couple of years younger with a few wrinkles less and firmer skin. While this was within access of only celebrities who could afford the various plastic surgical procedures a few decades ago, times have changed now. Scientists and doctors are doing researches to find more affordable and non-surgical ways of getting to look younger.

Botox was one of the wonderful results of this search. Clostridium botulinum causes food poisoning and produces a toxin known as botulinum. In extremely minor amounts, this toxin can paralyze muscles and this property of it is used to treat facial wrinkles and fine lines.

How Botox works: The muscles react when they receive a message from the nerve through chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Acetylcholine is one such chemical, which is present in the face and sends messages to the facial skin from the nerves. What Botox does is prevent the release of acetylcholine and so the muscle does not receive any message, and so does not contract. This reduces the amount of wrinkles and fine lines.

Medical Indications: Botox is one of the most powerful toxins identified to date. About 2 kg of the toxin is sufficient to wipe out the entire human race from Earth. That being its potency, the dosage and administration should be done only under experienced medical supervision.

For cosmetic purposes, they are most frequently used to reduce wrinkles on face and fine lines under the eyes and on the forehead. The wrinkles appear softened after the use of Botox, producing a younger, firmer skin. Aside from its cosmetic use, there are various other conditions for which Botox is medically approved for a number of medical ailments like

  1. Chronic migraine
  2. Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids)
  3. Chronic neck spasms
  4. Excessive sweating
  5. Overactive bladder (resulting in frequent urination)
  6. Spasticity resulting from stroke
  7. Crow's feet (outer corner of the eyes)
  8. Urinary incontinence
  9. Lazy eye (strabismus)
  10. Bruxism (tooth grinding)
  11. Esophageal motility disorders

The list is only set to get longer as more indications for Botox are identified. However, as mentioned, being an extremely toxic substance, it should be used only under complete medical supervision.

Side effects: Needless to say, there are side effects to this too, but when administered properly, it is an extremely safe procedure.

  1. Allergic reaction: Very few people might have an allergic reaction to the toxin
  2. Mild pain or redness at the injection site
  3. Temporary numbness

However, these are very transient and will subside in a couple of days, by which time the effect of Botox will be visible. Have a thorough discussion with a doctor before going for it.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from strabismus I think so! I consulted a doctor also he said that it is a minor one something .5 difference! He has given me nuro capsule of Polaroid and given me massage and Nebraska eyes drops! And after it he gave me aqualuse eye drops BT I don't see any improvement! please help me as it making my confidence level go down and down and I am not able to talk to someone looking into their eyes please help and suggest me something!

MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Mumbai
Dear friend lybrate-user, I am extremely sorry to tell you either you have not understood what your doctor has explained you or may be you have not consulted a squint specialist ,also called as pediatric ophthalmologist who are trained and are experts in adult and children squint management, as can see in my qualifications listed in latika eye and maternity clinic. Squint is measured either in degrees or in prism diopters. But apart from this what is more important in your case is to know ,since when you have noticed or your friends have told you that you have squint. If it is sudden in onset than it is very important to find out why this squint has developed all of a sudden and will required full investigation in addition to your basic eye check up about vision and fundus exam. If this squint has developed gradually then it is imp to know is it the same or has been gradually increasing, and do you any problem in vision or glass prescription. DO YOU NOTICE SQUINT CONSTANTLY OR ONLY SOMETIMES. Also important to find out are you suffering from any disease or neurological problem at present or in past. Only after answering all these questions along with your eye exam ,can one understand the "cause of your squint" and the treatment will be directed accordingly. We do not have any eye drops or tablets for the cure of squint. Only after understanding the cause of squint -treatment can be initiated aiming towards the disease which in turn will help your squint. In Short treatment of the cause is done. We have very specific and straight forward modalities for the treatment of squint namely, 1. Treatment of the cause of squint for example disease like thyroid, myasthenia, hypretension etc 2. Exercises- again depending on the cause of squint 3. Surgery - again depending on the cause we have no other eye drops or other medication other than the tablets for the causative disease. So I will suggest you to consult "pediatric ophthalmologist & Neuro-ophthalmologist" available at Latika eye and maternity specialty clinic, Mumbai ,who are squint specialists ,consult them and take proper steps as they advise. Hope this helps, all the best..
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice