Innovative Eye Surgery Allows Hallsville Boy to Swing Away

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Five-year-old Parker Turner was born with Duane syndrome, a disease that affects 1 in 1,000 people. In patients with Duane syndrome, the nerve that controls the muscle responsible for lateral eye movement isn’t properly developed.

There is no cure for Duane syndrome, but MU Health Care offers an innovative surgical solution. Mohannad Al-Samarraie, MD, performed a unique surgery on Parker's right eye in April 2018, moving the eye’s vertical muscle outward and weakening the eye’s tight inner muscle.

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