Can Laser Eye Surgery treat Strabismus and squints?

Laser Eye Surgery team member at London Vision Clinic

Can Laser Eye Surgery help you if you have stabismus, otherwise known as a squint?

Traditionally, strabismus or squints cannot be treated with Laser Eye Surgery as squint surgery involves altering the muscles around the eye, and Laser Eye Surgery doesn’t.

However, times are changing and every single person is different. And so today, such a clear cut answer can actually be a bit misleading.

If you have strabismus, Laser Eye Surgery will not interact with the condition. This means it won’t make the squint worse, but it will also typically not make it any better.

In some cases, Laser Eye Surgery can be used to help someone with both a squint and double vision. The double vision occurs because the eyes are not aligned properly and therefore the brain receives two different images from each eye, which it cannot effectively put together to make one single image.

Often in this situation, people may wear a patch over one eye to conceal the squint. Laser Eye Surgery can be used to treat people in this instance by focusing the dominant eye for distance and focusing the non-dominant eye for close up — effectively giving the patient ‘monovision’.

In other cases, if a patient has a squint and does have Laser Eye Surgery, there may be a small residual refractive error left over after the procedure. This may alter the appearance of the squint but of course, this can be managed either with further enhancement Laser Eye Surgery or muscle surgery around the eye itself.

How to find out if YOU are suitable for Laser Eye Surgery

In the short video below, Mr Carp explains lays out the facts, mentioning how strabismus cannot be treated with Laser Eye Surgery and that it requires specialist muscle surgery instead.

You’ve heard it directly from the mouth of Mr Glenn Carp, one of the finest laser eye surgeons in the word. So it’s established: Laser Eye Surgery techniques alone will not resolve a strabismus problem. However, this doesn’t mean your vision cannot be improved.

The primary and ultimate mission of refractive surgery is to change the refractive error of each eye individually, and therefore although it cannot reduce the appearance of a squint, it can improve associated symptoms of poor vision.

Patients with a squint can choose from a range of procedure including LASIK, PRK/LASEK, and the more recent and minimally-invasive ReLEx SMILE surgery. Which is right for you and if you are suitabile for treatment depends on your particular condition and prescription.

For instance, if you have a squint, there are several considerations that need to be evaluated before making the decision about having Laser Eye Surgery. One of them is amblyopia — also known as lazy eye. If amblyopia has developed due to strabismus, Laser Eye Surgery will not typically be able to restore vision beyond that which is attainable by wearing glasses.

The only way to find out if you’re suitable for Laser Eye Surgery is to speak to an expert. Contact one of our friendly clinic co-ordinators or book your free consultation at London Vision Clinic today.