Squint surgery is done to correct a minor or major squint and to restore binocular vision and self-esteem.


Even minor squints can lead to eyesight complications such as a ‘lazy eye’ and persistent blurred or double vision. Your eye specialist at Melrose House can assist in the non-surgical treatment of squints, but squint surgery may be advised. It is never too late to treat a squint.


Squint surgery involves the surgical reposition, strengthening or loosening of specific eye muscles that may be causing a squint. This eye surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis using general anaesthesia, meaning no overnight hospital stay is necessary. Eye drops will be used to numb your eye for surgery, and the muscles which are to be operated on are found near to the front of the eye, under the conjunctiva.

Your ophthalmologist will work to loosen or tighten selected eye muscles so that the eyes can be rebalanced to work together. Once in the correct alignment, the muscles are fixed into their new position with stitches.

You can go home immediately after surgery. You can expect some discomfort for a few days but should be able to return to your regular routine within a week or two of surgery. You may have temporary double vision during this time. Any pain can be relieved with prescribed pain medications. In some cases, a second surgery may be needed.