Original Article

Factors That Cause Delay of Sugical Treatment in Strabismus - Original Article

  • Peykan Türkçüoglu
  • Orhan Aydemir
  • Murat Kaya
  • Burak Turgut

Received Date: 18.01.2008 Accepted Date: 19.07.2008 Turk J Ophthalmol 2008;38(6):510-514

Purpose: To determine the factors that delayed the diagnosis and surgical intervention in patients who underwent strabismus surgery. Method: Between January-December 2006 patients who underwent strabismus surgery or their parents were given a questionnaire about the causes of delay of diagnosis or surgical intervention. Results: The ages of 38 male and 39 female patients ranged between 9 months and 60 years. 45 patients were under the age of 10 (strabismus was recognized under the age of 6 months in 18; above the age of 6 months in 27 of them). The duration from the first recognition to admition to a doctor was ranged between 1 month and 43 year (86±108), 1 and 60 months (11±17), 1 and 42 months (6±11) in groups above age of ten years, under the age of 6 months, above the age of 6 months, respectively. 17 (94%), 21 (78%) and 29 (91%) patients first admitted to an ophthalmologist in the group above age 10 years, in the group under age 6 months and in the group above age 6 months, respectively. In two of the seventy-seven patients diagnosis of strabismus was delayed because of ophthalmologists. The mean time periods that the patients accepted the surgical intervention were 6±12 months in the group under the age 6 months; 3±10 months in the group above the age 6 months; 25±48 months in the group above ten years of age. %62 of the patients accepted the surgical intervention promptly, however %38 of the patients rejected surgery due to affair of being worser, fear of unknown cause, distrust to the doctor, anesthesia risks, inattention, familial problems and belief to improve spontaneously. Conclusion: More attention must be given to the education of the ophthalmologists and public in order not to lose important time in strabismus surgery.

Keywords: Strabismus, surgical intervention, delay

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