Most surgical corrections of a squint can be performed as a day patient and an overnight stay is not normally required unless there are complications during the procedure, or the person has a problematic medical history that may lead to complications. Before surgery the eye will be examined and the procedure should be discussed at length so the patient or career is fully informed of what to expect both during and after the operation. Vision will be assessed and the eye measured in order for the surgeon to have a good idea of how the procedure can be tailored to your needs.
Due to the nature of the surgery, a general anesthetic will be required, so the patient must remain nil by mouth for at least 6 hours prior to the surgery. The anesthetist will discuss the anesthetic before surgery and answer any questions that may arise.
Often, local anesthetic eye drops are administered in order for the eye to remain paralyzed during the operation allowing for the surgery to be performed more effectively. During the operation, the surgeon will either strengthen the weakened muscle or weaken other muscles in order for the eye to appear straight.