August 08, 2014
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Corrective surgery beneficial for adult strabismus patients

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Adult strabismus patients who underwent corrective surgery demonstrated beneficial gains in their ocular misalignment and improvement in quality of life, according to study findings.

The study included 31 patients older than 15 years of age with strabismus who underwent surgical treatment. The patients were separated into two groups: those defined as having a social phobia and those without social phobia.

Researchers used the Liebowitz social anxiety scale (LSAS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Sheehan Disability Scale and Short-Form 36 to evaluate patients’ social phobia, anxiety and depression, disability, and quality of life before and after surgery.

The number of patients with social phobia decreased from 17 patients to six patients after strabismus surgery. Additionally, patient scores on LSAS and HADS decreased significantly postoperatively, according to the researchers. Mean patient total score on the LSAS postoperatively was 81.48 compared with a mean total score of 106.19 preoperatively. Mean patient total score on HADS postoperatively was 9.68 compared with a mean total score of 16 preoperatively.

The researchers also observed significant improvements in disability and quality-of-life scores.

Disclosure: The authors have no relevant financial disclosures.