The procedure will take place in the operating room. Children who are over 1 year of age may have one parent in the operating room with them as they fall asleep. This is dependent on the child's state of health as well as the discretion of the anesthesia provider.
The child will be asleep for the entire operation and will not feel any pain or any other sensations. He or she will be monitored by doctors and nurses throughout the procedure.
After the child is asleep an IV will be placed to provide fluids and medications. A small metal clip is used to hold the eyelids open. No incisions are made in the skin and the eye is not removed at any time during the procedure.
A small opening is made on the clear membrane covering the white part of the eye. Through this opening, the doctor will operate on the muscles that control the movements of the eye. When the doctor is finished he or she will cover the muscles with clear membrane. There are no stitches to remove because they will dissolve on their own.