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What is retinal detachment surgery?

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If you have severe pain in your eye or are starting to notice a loss in vision, blurred vision, or see redness – it’s imperative you see an eye doctor immediately. During your visit, your eye doctor will check various parts of your eye to see where the issue is. Should the issue be your retina, this is not something you should or can put off. Retina issues are not fixable on their own and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

What is the retina?

The retina is tissue in the back of your eye that helps with light exposure. As light enters your eye, the retina then converts that light into neural signals that then tells the brain what it’s seeing.

What is retinal detachment surgery?

Retinal detachment surgery is something that needs to be completed immediately following the diagnosis that there is an issue with your retina. If you notice an issue with your vision and are seen by an eye doctor immediately, you may catch the problem as your retina starts to detach. In which case, the eye doctor could fix the issue with a gas bubble procedure called pneumatic retinopexy.

During pneumatic retinopexy the eye surgeon will inject a gas bubble into the eye that will then float it’s way to the retina and push the retina back in place. The eye surgeon will then use a laser to permanently seal the hole so your retina will start to work as if nothing happened.

For more advanced cases of retinal detachment surgery, procedures will need to happen in a hospital or outpatient center.

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After retinal detachment surgery

While no surgery is guaranteed, the hope is that after you have retinal detachment surgery the issue will be cured which will depend on a number of factors such as how many holes there were, the size of the detachment, and whether there was scar tissue affecting the area.

With the gas bubble procedure, patients are not permitted to fly or travel until the gas bubble has fully dissolved. This process means patients will be asked to lay with their heads facing down or to one side for a few weeks. While this may seem uncomfortable, it’s important to follow directions so your retina can heal faster.

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