The skilled ophthalmologists at Warren Clinic perform a full range of surgical procedures to repair retinal tears and detached retinas. Based on your specific condition, we will discuss the type of procedure recommended, as well as the benefits and risks involved.
Most retinal tears need to be treated with laser surgery or cryotherapy (a freezing treatment). Both of these procedures create a scar that helps seal the retina to the back of the eye. This prevents fluid from traveling through the tear and under the retina, which usually prevents the retina from detaching. These treatments cause little or no discomfort and may be performed in an ophthalmologist’s office.
Almost all patients with retinal detachments must have surgery to place the retina back in its proper position. Otherwise, the retina will lose the ability to function, possibly permanently, and can result in blindness. The method for fixing retinal detachment depends on the characteristics of the detachment.
Retinal Detachment Surgeries We Perform
- Scleral buckle: This treatment, performed in an operating room, involves placing a flexible band (scleral buckle) around the eye to counteract the force pulling the retina out of place. The ophthalmologist often drains the fluid under the detached retina, allowing the retina to settle back into its normal position against the back wall of the eye.
- Pneumatic retinopexy: In this procedure, sometimes performed in the ophthalmologist’s office, a gas bubble is injected into the vitreous space inside the eye in combination with laser surgery or cryotherapy. The gas bubble pushes the retinal tear into place against the back wall of the eye. Your ophthalmologist will ask you to constantly maintain a certain head position for several days, during which the gas bubble will gradually disappear.
- Vitrectomy: This surgery is commonly used to fix a retinal detachment and is performed in an operating room. The vitreous gel, which is pulling on the retina, is removed from the eye and usually replaced with a gas bubble.
After successful retinal detachment surgery, vision may take many months to improve and, in some cases, may never return fully. Unfortunately, some patients do not recover any vision. The more severe the detachment, the less vision that may return. For this reason, it is very important to visit your ophthalmologist regularly or at the first sign of any vision issues.
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For more information about our retinal surgery options, or to make an appointment with a specialist, please call 918-488-6688 or find an ophthalmologist.