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Squint repair


What is a squint repair?

A squint or strabismus is usually caused by weakness in some of the muscles of the eye that control movement. The operation involves correction of these weak muscles.

How long will it take?

Your child usually requires admission for the day only. The operation takes about 90 minutes. This includes the anaesthetic, the operation and the time spent in the recovery room. The time may vary depending onn the number of muscles involved and if one eye or bothare to be operated on.

When can my child eat and drink again?

If your child is awake on return to the Day Unit, clear fluids may be offered immediately (breast fed babies can have a breast feed). A light diet will be offered when fully awake.

Care at home

Eye care and pain relief

Your child’s eye will appear red for some weeks.

Initially, any tears may be blood stained. A small amount of discharge is common for a few days after the operation. The eye will feel gritty and uncomfortable.

  • Discourage your child from rubbing their eye.
  • A cool clean cloth/washer around the eyes and face may be of comfort.
  • Child may bath or shower as normal.
  • Eye drops or ointment should be given as ordered.
  • Have some paracetamol at home. It can be given as per the instructions on the product packaging for the first three to five days after the operation to relieve discomfort.
  • Give other pain relief medicine if advised.
  • Return to your doctor if pain is unrelieved by these measures.
  • If glasses are worn, resume wearing unless advised otherwise.
  • Sunglasses may be worn if light sensitive.

Diet and fluids

Your child may resume a normal diet at home.


It is not uncommon for children to vomit after this operation. If this happens in hospital your child will be given medicine to try to help this. If vomiting persists once you get home you will need to seek medical assistance as vomiting can lead to increased strain on the eyes.

Points to remember

  • Vigorous play or sport should be avoided until advised by your doctor.
  • You will be advised by your doctor when your child can return to school or day care.
  • No swimming for six weeks after the operation.

Follow up visit

Your doctor will discuss the required follow up plan with you before you leave.

Emergency contact

To ensure your child receives the best possible care in an emergency, you should call 000 or go to your closest hospital that treats children.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact your doctor.

Contact Mater Children’s Private Brisbane

Salmon Building,

Raymond Terrace,

South Brisbane QLD 4101

Telephone: 07 3163 8111



Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-470033
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 11/5/2015
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