Instructions to patients and families following strabismus surgery

Gad Dotan, Hanya M. Qureshi, Leonard B. Nelson

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Purpose: To analyze postoperative instructions provided to patients and families after strabismus surgery. Methods: In April 2012, a 12-question electronic survey was sent to all members of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) regarding their instructions to patients undergoing strabismus surgery. The questions specifically addressed patients' daily activities, such as their resumption of school and work, sports, swimming, normal showering and bathing, and contact lens use. Results: One hundred two responses were completed; 96% were from pediatric ophthalmologists regularly performing strabismus surgery. Participation was greater by North American members (86%) and respondents with more than 10 years of experience (75%). Fifty percent of the respondents advised patients to resume normal showering and bathing 24 hours after surgery. Conversely, respondents recommended that children wait 3 to 4 days before resuming schoolwork (52%) and at least 2 weeks before playing in a sandbox (47%). Furthermore, respondents indicated that patients should refrain from participating in sports-related activities for at least 1 week (43%) and should not go swimming for at least 2 weeks (56%). Finally, 47% advised their patients not to wear contact lenses for 2 weeks after surgery. Conclusions: Overall, the responses indicated a high regard among AAPOS members for promoting normal healing and prevention of infection and other postoperative complications; however, certain trends, such as the recommendation regarding normal showering, may intimate a lack of further infection prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-146
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015


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