Retinal Detachment - Surgery
Common methods of repairing a retinal tear
- Laser photocoagulation, in which an
intense beam of light travels through the eye and makes tiny burns around the
tear in the retina. The burns form scars that prevent fluid from getting under
- Cryopexy (freezing), in which your eye
doctor uses a probe to freeze and seal the retina around the tear.
What to think about
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.
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
- Pupils that
will not get larger (dilate).
- Infection inside or outside the
- Scarring from previous surgery.
(hemorrhage) in the
- Scars on or cloudiness in
of the lens (cataract).
After surgery, you
may need to use antibiotic eyedrops and
corticosteroid medicines for a short time.