Strabismus (Lazy Eye) Surgery on Already Blind Right Eye - Seattle, WA

After losing the sight in my right eye after an...

After losing the sight in my right eye after an accident in 2003, my right eye started to drift out and up over the years, I started to get very self conscious and hated the way I looked and was depressed. Besides my lasy eye I am a pretty young woman and I needed to do something about it to get my confidence back and stop hiding behind my bangs that I used to cover half my face o that people wouldn't notice. I finally got health insurance and they were going to covermost of the procedure and I found the courage to overcome my fears of surgery, Nthing could be worse than how I felt every time I looked in the mirror or everytime I looked away from eye contact with others. I was ready and I am so happy I did it!
The surgery went well and I went to my doctors offie an hour or so later to get my adjustable suturs adjusted. Then I was sent home without a patch. The first week or two was pretty scary, even though I had already read about how your eye will likely turn the opposite direction( pointing inward towards my nose for me) It was really weird looking and hard to imagine hat it would soon turn straight, the way we wanted it to in the end, I started to panic and think "what did I do?" "what if it stays turned in, this is worse than before the surgery!" But this wa all just panic and a couple weeks later it had drifted to a more central location. It was still very red and stayed pretty red for another 2 months, I healed slowly because I had already had previous eye surgeries when I lost my vision years before. and at 3 months my eye had settled to an almost perfect location and the redness had subsided! I was thrilled. It took a little longer to heal than I had anticipated, but it was well worth it. I can look people in the eye and put my bangs out of my face. I feel beautiful again. I am not perfect, my eye still sits a little higher than the other but it doesn't drift out anymore. I was told before the surgery that they could only fix one direction of drift at a time and they did a very good job. I know that my eye may begin to drift again and I will have another surgery again if I need to in the future.
I feel like a normal human being again and not like an outcast that no one understands, this surgery is totally worth it, I spent 10 years in depression because I was too scared to think about having a surgery done, I wish I had not wasted so much time and emotions and had it done sooner.

Almost 2 years and my results keep looking better so far.

Almost 2 years and my eye looks even better than the first year after the surgery, now that all the tissue around it is more fully healed. Very happy with this surgery and I definitely would suggest it to anyone who might be thinking about it. I actually feel confident wearing my hair up and out of my face! I can look people in the eye. Now I hardly ever even think about it anymore , which is very weird and greAt to say after feeling so awkward and shy about my appearance for sooo long.
Dr. Melvin Carlson

Very kind and made me feel very comfortable about having the surgery done. I thk he may be retired now though.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
Was this review helpful? {{ voteCountOthers + ' other' + (voteCountOthers == 1 ? '' : 's') }} found this helpful