Retinal detachments can be repaired by a wide variety of techniques, including retinal laser, gas injection in the eye, vitrectomy surgery, and scleral buckle.
A retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye, typically resulting in flashes, floaters, and a sudden, painless loss of vision. A detachment of the retina is a potential surgical emergency and requires evaluation by an ophthalmologist specialized in retinal surgery.
There are several techniques for repairing a retinal detachment, and the choice depends on the unique characteristics of your eye and the preferences of your retina specialist. Some patients can have their retinal detachments repaired in the clinic through a combination of laser and/or gas bubble injection, called a pneumatic retinopexy. Other patients require outpatient retina surgery such as vitrectomy (removal of the vitreous jelly in the eye) or scleral buckle. These procedures have the highest success rates but are more invasive.