You cannot treat
retinal detachment at home. Surgery is the only
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
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.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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