What is myectomy?
Myectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat various eye conditions, including strabismus and ptosis. During a myectomy, Dr. Warner selectively removes a portion of the eye muscle to improve its function and alignment. This procedure is commonly performed on the extraocular muscles, which control the movement of the eyes. The goal is to restore proper muscle function, enhance eye alignment, and improve both the cosmetic appearance and functional vision.
Am I a candidate?
Candidates for myectomy are individuals who experience eye muscle disorders that affect their vision, eye alignment, or cosmetic appearance. These conditions may include:
- Blepharospasm (eye twitching)
- Hemifacial spasm (spasms of the muscles on one side of the face)
- Eyelid apraxia (a non-paralytic inability to voluntarily open the eyelids)
Ideal candidates for myectomy typically have persistent symptoms despite non-surgical treatments such as glasses, patching, or eye exercises. They may have limited eye movement, double vision, or difficulty maintaining eye contact.
What can I expect during myectomy?
During myectomy treatments, you can expect a carefully planned surgical procedure to address your specific eye muscle disorder. The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Warner will make small incisions in the eyelid or around the eye to access the affected eye muscles. Using specialized instruments, he will remove a portion of the abnormal or overactive muscle tissue. This helps to restore proper muscle balance and alignment. The surgery may involve one or both eyes, depending on your needs.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Following the procedure, you can expect some post-operative discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the eyes, which can be managed with pain medications and cold compresses. It is important to follow Dr. Warner’s instructions regarding post-operative care, which may include using antibiotic eye drops, keeping the eyes clean, and avoiding strenuous activities. The recovery period varies from person to person, but most individuals can resume their normal activities within a couple of weeks. It’s important to note that the full effects of the surgery may take several weeks to manifest, and additional follow-up appointments may be necessary to monitor your progress.
Schedule a myectomy consultation in Orlando
Myectomy offers patients the potential for improved eye alignment, reduced symptoms, and enhanced visual function, leading to an improved quality of life. To get started with a consultation at Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando, give us a call at 407-863-8700 or fill out the appointment request form below.