Once the operation is over you will be able to go up to the recovery area to be with your child as they wake up from the anaesthetic. Your child will then be brought back to the ward. They will need to stay on the ward until they have had a drink and something to eat and the nurses are happy that they are well enough to leave.
Before you leave staff will give you information about caring for your child's eyes after surgery as well as pain relief and eye drops. They will also give you an appointment to come back to the children's eye clinic for a post-operative check. You will be given a telephone number for the paediatric nurse team in case there are any problems after the operation.
Immediately after squint correction surgery, your child's eye will be sensitive to light and may water more than usual. Their eye may also be slightly swollen and may look as if a slight squint is still present. Your child should not be in a lot of pain, but their eye may feel sore or gritty for 24 to 48 hours after the operation.
The amount of time your child has off school following the operation depends on how quickly they are recovering, although a minimum of one day is recommended.
It is important to bring your child back for the outpatient appointment as arranged. Your child wore glasses before the operation they will need to continue to wear them, and treatment for the vision in the squinting eye such as patching may still be required.