[From Grace by way of Lois(Admin):]
Hi my name is Grace I am 21 years old and have had vision problems since birth. I have recently heard of a procedure called an adjusable suture. I have been reaserching it but have not found to much info on it. If you have heard anything about this being used adults with Amblyopia. Please contact me if you are aware of any research that is available or studies that I would be able to participate in. Thank you so much for your time!
Adjustable sutures are not just a simple procedure. This is a technique that is sometimes used in strabismus surgery. Adjustable sutures are widely-used, but are not suitable for all. According to EyeMDLink.com (see link below):
The procedure is probably best suited for an individual who has developed strabismus in adulthood, after previous normal eye alignment. In this case, the individual is known to have fusion potential, i.e, the ability for both eyes to “lock on” to the target simultaneously, resulting in stereovision.
The first step is to find an Ophthalmologist who does adult strabismus surgery. See ‘find eye surgeon’ link in right menu, and call those in your area to see if they do surgery on adults. If the surgeon recommends strabismus (eye muscle) surgery, he/she will know whether adjustable sutures are best for you.
A search in Google for ‘adjustable suture surgery’ brings up numerous links. Here are some you may find helpful:
Adjustable Sutures in Strabismus Surgery from the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Adjustable Suture Technique from Wolfe Eye Clinic
Adjustable Suture Strabismus Surgery from EyeMDLink.com
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