After surgery to repair retinal detachment, your doctor
may give you specific instructions to help your eye recover. You may need to
rest and sleep with your head in a certain position, for example. And you may
be asked to wear an eye patch or use eyedrops.
Some types of
surgery to treat retinal detachments involve injecting a small bubble of gas
into the eye. Afterward, you may be asked to avoid air travel until your eye
has healed, because the changes in air pressure may cause pain and affect your