Lillie Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight.
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I’ll be revising the pages and making other tweaks, and I’ll update “Lois’ Story” soon, sharing vision difficulties that hampered my ability to keep this site up. I plan to start posting regularly now, starting with this post!
Share your thoughts, suggestions, and any difficulties you encounter here in the comments below, and stay tuned!
Your Eyes Are Your Heart (Yeahinc.) has established and created The Official Strabismus Awareness page on Facebook. Yeahinc. encourages all parents to support Amy’s Vision Law which states: “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.” Click The Official Strabismus Awareness page and Amy’s Vision Law for more information.
George Alexanian recently provided our Eyes Apart Strabismus Support Group with a list of questions he recommends for you to ask your strabismus surgeon. He did a great job with the list in the group, and has since refined it further. George graciously allowed me to post the list here so it can be easily found by group members as well as those visiting our Eyes Apart blog. George writes:
I am not a doctor and have no medical training, so I can only make these recommendations from my experience as a strabismus surgery patient. On the first consultation, I would ask the questions which will give you confidence in this surgeon, but only ask if he has not already answered them. Tell him that if he does not mind, you have some questions to put your mind at ease:
- How long have you done adult strabismus procedures, and how many have you done and with what success?
- What is my eye deviation in diopters?
- What is the largest diopter deviation you have done successfully? (Mine was 50.)
- How old was your oldest patient? (Only if you are older than 50-I was 63.)
- Do you see any potential complications in my case? (previous scarring, astigmatism, etc.)
- What percentages of your patients have eyes that have not drifted for at least five years?
- Will you get insurance approval for me? If the insurance will not cover it, what is my total out of pocket cost? (He may refer you to the person who handles scheduling, insurance approval, and payments.)
- Could I get a couple of recent patient references?
Once you have decided on this surgeon, then during the second visit or pre-op, I would ask:
- Do you recommend cutting muscles in both eyes or just one eye if the other is straight? (My surgeon held my straight eye in position while cutting two muscles in my deviated eye, but most will recommend doing both eyes for best results and reducing chance of double vision.)
- Do you recommend adjustable sutures or fixed sutures? (I had fixed, but most will recommend adjustable also for improved appearance and reduced chance of double vision.)
- How much greater are my chances of a successful procedure with adjustable sutures and doing both eyes at one time?
- How many muscles will you reposition in each eye?
- How long will the actual procedure take? (about one hour for me for one eye).
- What is the recovery time with adjustable and fixed sutures? (Adjustable will take longer with some discomfort,) and how long will I be out work or school? (In my case, I went to work two days later, but I am the boss and have a desk job.)
- Do you use the same anesthesiologist for all your strabismus procedures?
- What do you consider a successful procedure (How many diopters deviation and no double vision?)
You may have other questions, but the above are the most important in my mind.
In my case, in 2005, the surgeon scared me out of it with her recommendation of having to do both eyes, possible infection, over-under correction, and double vision, along with the possible complication due to scaring from a similar 1956 procedure. So I procrastinated until 2008. When all this possible negative stuff comes out, remember that this procedure has been around since the 1950’s (I had my first one in 1956 in France), so it is very common by now.
George Alexanian’s “Suggested list of questions for your strabismus surgeon” is Copyright by George Alexanian and Eyes Apart, and may not be used without written permission.
George has been helping people at Eyes Apart for a bunch of years now. We appreciate him so much. George “adopted” the My Strabismus Surgery area of Eyes Apart and provides excellent support for those considering or recovering from surgery. George also helps people via our email support group.
You can click the “older comments” link at the bottom of the My Strabismus Surgery page to see more comments, including George’s very helpful and encouraging responses through the years. Thank you, George, for all you do!
Can you find the unattached ring that is not a circle? Click the thumbnail to try this stereogram, then use the back button in your browser to return to this page (see Caution below).
View a 3-D stereogram image by allowing your eyes to cross or drift while maintaining focus directly between the two images, until you see four images that merge into an unfocused third image in the middle. While maintaining your focus on the middle image, continue to relax your eyes until you can see it clearly.
The Unattached Ring stereogram is a more difficult one. If you are new to stereograms, try this cat card first. You can enlarge it by clicking the image at the destination site. This is exactly like the cat card my COVD doctor gave me to begin with. It took several weeks of effort before I could put the cat together in the middle. If you are have difficulty with this, it is especially important follow the Caution below.
Caution: My COVD Developmental Optometrist prescribed similar vision exercises for me. However, vision therapy is not a one-size-fits-all. Several COVD Developmental Optometrists have told me that doing the wrong exercises for your specific needs, or doing them incorrectly, can be harmful. If you have strabismus, you should ask a physician trained in Developmental Optometry (which includes Vision Therapy) which types of eye exercises are safe or beneficial for you before attempting this exercise. Click the COVD link or the Find a vision therapy dr. link in the sidebar to locate a Developmental Optometrist in your area.