Retinal detachment operations
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.