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Retinal Detachment - Surgery

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You have several surgical options to repair a retinal detachment. Their success in restoring good vision varies from case to case. The cause, location, and type of detachment usually determine which surgery will work best. Other conditions or eye problems may also play a role when you choose the best type of surgery.

You may need more than one surgery to reattach the retina if scar tissue from the first surgery grows over the surface of your retina.

Things that may make surgery more difficult include:

  • Glaucoma.
  • Pupils that will not get larger (dilate).
  • Infection inside or outside the eye.
  • Scarring from previous surgery.
  • Bleeding (hemorrhage) in the vitreous gel.
  • Scars on or cloudiness in the cornea.
  • Clouding of the lens (cataract).

After surgery, you may need to use antibiotic eyedrops and corticosteroid medicines for a short time.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 07, 2011
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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