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J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 1997 May-Jun;34(3):159-64.

Psychosocial implications of strabismus surgery in adults.

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University of Sheffield Department of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, United Kingdom.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Adults with socially noticeable strabismus have been known to experience psychosocial difficulties as a result of their abnormal eye position. This study was designed to assess the impact of noticeable strabismus in adults and the psychosocial effects of surgical correction.

METHODS:

A total of 31 adults who underwent surgery for longstanding horizontal strabismus where poor alignment was the primary reason for consenting to surgery were requested to complete a self-reporting repertory grid to appraise the psychosocial consequences of corrective strabismus surgery.

RESULTS:

Prior to corrective surgery, the majority of subjects reported various psychosocial difficulties, considered by them to be wholly or partly due to their unsightly strabismus. A significant improvement in interpersonal interactions is apparent following strabismus surgery.

CONCLUSION:

Surgery to improve ocular alignment appears to herald major improvements in the quality of psychosocial functioning for the majority of adults undergoing such surgical procedures (P < 0.001).

PMID:
9168420
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