J Korean Ophthalmol Soc > Volume 53(3); 2012 > Article
Journal of the Korean Ophthalmological Society 2012;53(3):440-445.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3341/jkos.2012.53.3.440    Published online March 15, 2012.
A Study of Patient Concerns and Return to Daily Life after Strabismus Surgery.
Joong Hun Kim, Seung Hyun Kim, Yoonae A Cho
Department of Ophthalmology, Korea University College of Medicine, Ansan, Korea. ansaneye@hanmail.net
사시 환자의 수술 전 기대와 두려움 및 술 후 일상생활로의 복귀 과정에 관한 연구
Department of Ophthalmology, Korea University College of Medicine, Ansan, Korea
To investigate preoperative concerns and expectations of caretakers and patients who underwent strabismus surgery and the patients course of return to daily life. METHODS: Eighty-five strabismus surgery patients were enrolled in this study. We performed a questionnaire survey including 11 questions about the concerns, expectations of strabismus surgery and the course of return to daily life after surgery. In total, 25 adult patients and 60 children with their caretakers were asked to fill out the questionnaire. RESULTS: The results showed that 77% of all patients and their caretakers expected that the strabismus would be cured after a single operation. The greatest concern before surgery was the possibility of strabismus recurrence (60%). Fifty five percent of the patients reported the use of an eye patch for 2 weeks to 1 month after surgery and 88% of them showed a 75-100% increase in performance after the operation. The most common reason for decreased performance was the use of an eye patch (61%). Most patients returned to normal daily activities within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. CONCLUSIONS: Proper preoperative explanation about the possibility of recurrence may reduce concerns and false expectations about surgical outcomes. It appears to take 1 to 2 weeks for patients to return to their daily lives.
Key Words: Concern;Return to daily life;Strabismus surgery

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