Eye muscle surgery is just as it sounds: surgery on the muscles of the eye. There are six muscles attached to each eye. It is a “cut and sew” procedure, lasers are not used for this type of surgery. Generally speaking, each muscle that is being worked on must either be weakened (moved back on the eyeball) or tightened (a section is removed). Typically, eye muscle surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Our policy at the Colorado Center for Eye Alignment is to only utilize fellowship trained anesthesiologists with which we have worked closely for years. Once the patient is asleep, an incision is made on the white part of the eye (there are no skin incisions) and the muscles are separated from the eye and reattached with dissolvable sutures. It is important to know that the eye ball is not removed in order to perform eye muscle surgery.