Story Time: My Strabismus Surgery
I thought I’d take some time to tell you about the surgery I had recently to correct a right convergent squint – also known as Strabismus or lazy eye.
You can watch the video version of this post here: Story Time: My Strabismus Surgery
(Description courtesy of Wikipedia)
Strabismus is something I’ve contended with since a young age, although until recently it didn’t cause me any problems, I only noticed it when I was feeling drowsy or when I’d had a couple of drinks.
Early on in 2017, I was sat with my fiance watching Game of Thrones when I noticed I couldn’t see clearly, it was bad enough that I was spending so much time trying to make sense of the images on the screen that I hadn’t a clue as to what was happening within the story. Frustrating, especially when the character I’ve kinda wanted to meet their demise for ages is finding their fate and I’m too busy trying to understand why he appears to have a twin and they’re currently taking part in some sort of synchronized swordplay.
Yes, double vision played a small part, although it had got to the point where my left eye was doing all the work and my right eye was on vacation, so basically my brain had begun to ignore signals from my right eye, so the double vision was short lived.
At first, I thought my glasses prescription must have been incorrect, I had had my check up with the optician and they had requested a stronger lense which I then went on to order from the internet (Frames are so much cheaper!) The glasses arrived, and there I was, a boggle-eyed wonder.
Now, I must say, no one else noticed anything was wrong, I felt really weird telling people I couldn’t see properly and when I mentioned my lazy eye no one had noticed anything was going on at all, which was weird, because I could definitely tell. I couldn’t look at the lens of a camera for a photo, I couldn’t travel in the car without feeling sick, I couldn’t concentrate on screens, I avoided eye contact when speaking to people, all small things that I took for granted and now couldn’t do. Even reading was proving difficult, which really sucked.
I went back to the optician fully expecting to hear I would need a patch or prisms in my glasses, but instead, he was more concerned… he mentioned a brain tumour because the sight had seemingly deteriorated so quickly.
Thankfully I was given a clean bill of health (Although I was pretty terrified for a couple of weeks there) I was sent to the specialist and after a series of checks, they suggested that the best way to improve my vision was surgery.
So, on Wednesday 18th April 2018, over a year after this whole fiasco started, I had surgery.
The surgeon warned me that unfortunately, they wouldn’t be able to correct my squint 100%, the type of strabismus I had meant that if they did that there was a strong chance that I would have permanent double vision, as in, for life. Great. This was already a possibility even with the surgery.
I was admitted to the eye hospital in Hull, East Yorkshire at 12 noon and taken into theatre at 2:00pm following a meeting with the surgical team.
I was given a full general anaesthetic and the surgery was completed in around an hour. I awoke just after 3pm with an eye patch and a sore throat.
After I had had something to eat, used the bathroom and had a drink it was a case of waiting to be discharged. A nurse removed my patch and gave me a prescription of chloramphenicol eye drops to be administered four times daily by 9:30pm I was on my way home.
(6 Hours Post Op)
That evening I was wide awake, which I didn’t expect at all, my eye was sore but I was still dosed up on painkillers so it wasn’t anything too bad and I had to force myself to go to sleep.
(1 day Post Op)
I woke early on Thursday morning to my eye sealed shut with various gunk and gloop, after a quick clean up with cooled boiled water and cotton wool pads, all was well. My eye hurt. A lot. It was bright red and angry looking.
(2 days post op The worst day!)
I spent the majority of the day wearing sunglasses and at this point, I couldn’t really tell if the surgery had been successful or not, I was more preoccupied with the pain.
(5 days Post Op)
About 36 hours after the procedure was the worst. It was now Friday and my eye was watering constantly, I felt teary and irritable and was in so much discomfort. The pain itself wasn’t too harsh, it was a kind of pressing, persistent dull ache that I couldn’t relieve with pain medication. The surface of my eye appeared bumpy and raised up. I was concerned. I phoned the clinic who advised that it was all perfectly normal, I had just had major eye surgery after all.
The next few days my eye felt better and better, the weeping stopped, the swelling went down and by a week post op all though still very sore, my eye already looked a whole lot better.
(10 days Post Op)
I’m writing this on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 and today my eye is still red but it is nowhere near as uncomfortable. It’s itchy, I assume as it’s healing, but not discharging and as far as my vision goes, I can see a lot better.
So, my Strabismus is still there, but I can watch TV! I can read! I can look people in the eye! I can look at a computer screen without feeling cross-eyed! Hurrah!
I have my post-operative check up tomorrow (The 3rd of May) and I’m hoping they’ll say everything is good and that I don’t need to go back (Although there was mention of multiple procedures, so, I’m not holding my breath)
All in all, the pain is bearable, just a nuisance when you’re the sort of person who actually wants to do things, (like me) of course it hurts, but it’s surgery, right?
I’m happy it’s done and I will keep you posted as to what I’m told at tomorrow’s appointment.
Thanks for reading this blurb!
Until next time,