Strabismus is the formal medical term for "lazy eye," a condition in which the eyes are not coordinated. As long as the condition is only caused by misalignment of the extraocular muscles, and not by a more serious neurological problem, strabismus surgery is effective in restoring the ability to focus. Strabismus surgery is a short procedure that requires very little prep time. The patient can leave the hospital the same day, and usually the patient will not need any pain medication, but wearing an eye patch for a few days is advised. In the US and UK, strabismus surgery costs $10,000-$15,000 or £7,000-£10,000 depending on how many muscles need to be repaired. Eye surgeons overseas can perform this operation for much less.
In Mexico, Argentina, and Costa Rica, strabismus surgery only costs about $3,000 or £2,000. Ophthalmologists in Latin America often study eye surgery in some of the best medical schools in the US and Europe. Eye surgery clinics are clean and modern, and equipped with the latest tools. Before strabismus surgery, the doctor will consult with the patient and perform minor tests to determine which eye muscles are causing the lack of alignment. During surgery, the doctor will tighten and loosen several muscles so that the eyes can regain coordination. There is no overnight stay required, but the doctor will be more than happy to perform follow-up tests to make sure the patient's eyes are working properly.
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