Can sleeping on your back help after Eye Muscle Surgery / Strabismus Correction?

The recommended length of supine sleep post-surgery is at least two weeks.

Eye Muscle Surgery Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes don’t move together as a pair; one eye might drift in, out, up, or down preventing binocular vision and therefore depth perception.

Surgery isn’t the only treatment option, but when it is needed, a surgeon attempts to restore the eye muscles to a proper position by using techniques that weaken or strengthen them. This could involve removing a section of muscle or reattaching a muscle to a different point in the eye.

Back sleeping post-surgery is usually advised.

We recommend combining three elements of the layered system to help you maximise the results of eye surgery while avoiding any side effects and infections.

We recommend combining three elements of the layered sleep system suggested ELEVATE / STABILISE and HARMONISE. HARMONISE, and STABILISE will offer you the emotional and physical support to sleep and maintain a supine posture throughout the night. At the same time, ELEVATE will ensure an adequate head elevation to improve fluid drainage.

It would also be advisable to use ALIGN under the knees or as an additional support for the head if sleeping supine and propped up has been suggested.

Going forward REPOSE would be an excellent meditative eye cushion for soothing the eyes and enhancing restful sleep once the eyes are healed. REPOSE blocks the light while gently resting on your face without the traditional restrictive pressure and elasticated attachment of an eye mask.

Submissions from Carron Ryan BSc. DBO

Waking Beauty® Elements recommended for eye procedures / Strabismus Correction / Eye Muscle Surgery

Element NameElement Function
HARMONISESuper-soft HARMONISE gives emotional and physical support - Harmonise enables supine sleep while offering the comforting impression of side sleep. It supports the head and gives lateral support to the neck.
STABILISESTABILISE allows individual adjustment in a revolutionary way - Stabilise has a central zip on the reverse, allowing for ventilation and filling variation. Patients have all levels of firmness available in one pillow.
ELEVATEELEVATE raises the head to a comfortable position - Elevate is a small pillow that works synergistically with Stabilise to elevate the head, enabling the patient to retain a certain sleep height.

Would you like extra support for your legs?

Ask for ALIGN

Align pillow


Would you like extra elevation?

Use extra wool filler

Align pillow showing the woollen filling and label close up


Would you like extra darkness while asleep?

Ask for REPOSE

Repose eye pillow