We can treat retinal tears by ‘welding’ the tear with a laser—this prevents enlargement of the tear and reduces the chance of retinal detachment.
It’s a simple procedure that causes little or no discomfort, and you’ll be free to go home almost straight away.
Retinal detachment surgery
A detached retina causes a sudden loss of part or all of your vision in the affected eye. It is caused by the retina (the focusing surface at the back of your eye) coming away from the eye’s back wall. Retinal detachment surgery is required in almost all cases and should be carried out as soon as possible, although some cases are more urgent than others.
Eye Institute surgeons are available at short notice, and often outside normal working hours. So when you need retinal detachment surgery fast, make sure Eye Institute is your first call.
Every detached retina is different, and specialists will recommend the best operation for you.
In most detached retina operations, your surgeon will recommend a vitrectomy. During this procedure, we use a laser to seal the hole in the retina. We insert a bubble of gas into the eye to prevent liquid from getting behind the retina while it reattaches.
Occasionally, your surgeon will use a ‘scleral buckle’, either instead of, or as well as a vitrectomy. This involves using a small piece of silicone to push the retina flat from outside without an internal operation.
After your retinal detachment surgery
Once we have successfully reattached your retina, your vision is likely to improve. However, if the centre of the retina has become detached, vision may never return fully. The longer the retina remains detached, the worse the final visual result after surgery is likely to be. Therefore, it’s essential to seek help as quickly as possible if you suspect you have a torn or detached retina.
With two of Eye Institute’s experienced retinal surgeons – Dr Peter Hadden and Dr William Cunningham – available at short notice for immediate retinal detachment surgery, Eye Institute could give you a high chance of regaining your vision after a retinal tear or detachment.
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As part of his ophthalmology specialty training, Dr Dunne gained valuable experience in major centres such as Auckland and Wellington, with a final two years undertaking Medical Retina advanced training based at the Greenlane Eye Clinic in Auckland. LEARN MORE
After some types of retinal surgery, you will need to keep your head in a face-down position. This is because a gas bubble has been put in your eye. Recovering with your head down allows the bubble to float into the correct position. The bubble holds the retina in place to heal correctly.
Your doctor will tell you how long you need to stay face down. It could be anywhere from a few days to a week or more. Over time, your eye fills with its own fluid, and the gas bubble disappears. Click here to read more.
If you have a detached retina, you’ll likely need surgery right away to raise the odds of saving your sight in that eye. Your eye surgeon will decide which procedure for retinal detachment is right for you. Click here to read more.
Retinal detachment repair is a surgery that is used to restore circulation to the retina and preserve vision. There are several types of surgery to repair a detached retina. A simple tear in the retina can be treated with freezing, called cryotherapy, or a laser procedure. Different types of retinal detachment require different kinds of surgery and different levels of anesthesia. The type of procedure your doctor performs will depend on the severity of retinal detachment. Click here to read more.