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Retinal Surgery

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What is a Retinal Detachment?

A retinal detachment is an eye condition involving separation of the retina from its attachments to the underlying tissue within the eye. Most retinal detachments are a result of a retinal break, hole, or tear.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from the nerve tissues and blood supply underneath it. While painless, visually this has a clouding effect that has been likened to a gray curtain moving across the field of vision.

Retinal detachment is a treatable condition, but it must be taken care of promptly, or it can cause vision loss and in the worst cases, blindness.

ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?

Do you have

Flashing lights and floaters?

Shadows in peripheral vision?

Appearance of grey curtain over part of your vision?

Sudden decrease in vision?

The objective of Retinal surgery

The most obvious benefit is that the surgery prevents you from going blind. You have already lost some sight because of the detached retina. If the surgery is successful, it will usually bring back some, but not all of your sight.


During your visit

At Atlantic Eye our physicians can determine retinal detachment through a number of retinal and pupil response tests, ranging from simple visual acuity testing to an ultrasound of the eye. If your retina has detached, you’ll need surgery to repair it, preferably within days of a diagnosis. There are various techniques available, so ask our ophthalmologist about the risks and benefits of your treatment options.

WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER SURGERY

Pre-Operative

At our state-of-the-art facility we provide digital retinal photography, angiography, optical coherence tomography, ocular ultrasound, cryotherapy, and full spectrum retinal laser treatment.

We have extensive experience in diagnosis as well as cutting-edge treatment for macular degeneration, diabetes, retinal vein occlusion/vascular disease, retinal tears/detachments and macular surgery. The type of surgery your surgeon recommends will depend on several factors, including the severity of the detachment.

Procedure

Photocoagulation – A laser beam is directed through a contact lens or ophthalmoscope. The laser burns around the retinal tear, resulting in scar tissue that then fuses the tissue back together.

Cryotherapy – Cryosurgery or freezing, involves applying extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. The procedure produces a delicate scar that helps connect the retina to the wall of the eye.

Scleral buckling –  Very thin bands of silicone rubber or sponge are sewn onto the sclera, the outside white of the eye. The tissue around the area may be frozen or lasers may be used to scar the tissue.

Vitrectomy – The vitreous gel is removed from the eye and a gas bubble or silicon oil bubble is used to hold the retina in place. The wound is stitched.

Pneumatic retinopexy – The tear area is frozen, using cryopexy, before injecting a bubble into the vitreous cavity. The retina is pushed back against the tear and the detached area, preventing flow of fluid behind the retina.

Post-Operative

After surgery, it usually takes some weeks for your vision to recover. If we used a gas bubble, your vision will be very blurred immediately after surgery. However, in some cases vision may take several months to improve, and in some cases the patient may need a second surgery for successful treatment.

A person who has a gas bubble placed in the eye may be advised to hold the head in a particular way for some time, and they will not be allowed to fly. If an oil bubble is used, flying is allowed. Your surgeon will advise you if it is necessary for you to adjust your posture.

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