Preparation for Strabismus (Eye Muscle) Surgery
Eye muscle surgery is performed because of eye misalignment, which may or may not be causing double vision. As with most surgeries, there are preparations necessary to ensure a safe and efficient experience.
Medical Insurance Coverage
This is an elective procedure, but it is not considered a cosmetic procedure. As such, most insurance companies will pay for the procedure including pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care. Please check with your specific health insurance policy and carrier to see if pre-authorization is required.
3-4 Weeks Prior to Surgery
Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a general physical to be medically cleared for general anesthesia. He/she will fill out or supply a form that states you are healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia.
1-2 Weeks Prior to Surgery
Your eye surgeon may want to check your eyes one to two weeks prior to surgery. All questions about the procedure should be answered and consent (permission) forms will be signed to proceed with the surgery.
1 Week Prior to Surgery
If you are taking an aspirin, an aspirin-containing product or an aspirin-like product (such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, etc.), you will need to stop taking it one week (7 days) prior to surgery. If you are taking this for a cardiac (heart) condition or stroke prevention, please discuss this with your primary care doctor and your eye surgeon. Tylenol can be taken and does not need to be stopped.
The Night Before and the Day of Surgery
You should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Food or fluids in your stomach can complicate anesthesia and your surgery will be cancelled if you eat after midnight, including the morning of surgery.