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Retinal Detachment - Home Treatment

You cannot treat retinal detachment at home. Surgery is the only treatment.

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 need to keep your head in a certain position for a few days or weeks, so that the gas bubble won't move. Also, you may need to avoid air travel until your eye has healed and the bubble is gone, because the changes in air pressure may cause pain and affect your eye.

If you have reduced vision after treatment, your eye doctor can help you learn ways to keep your independence and continue the activities you enjoy.

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 15, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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