The thought of an injection in the eye can be scary, but this procedure is critical in the fight against blinding retinal conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion. Thanks to antibacterial and anesthetic drops, eye injections are one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent blindness.
Retinal laser is a non-invasive clinical procedure that is effective in the treatment of retinal tears, retinal detachments, and diabetic retinopathy.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgeries in America. However, occasionally some pieces of the cataract fall into the back of the eye and must be retrieved by a retinal surgeon using a vitrectomy.
A mainstay of retinal surgery, vitrectomy involves the removal of the vitreous jelly that fills the eye. Vitrectomy allows retinal surgeons to directly manipulate the retina and other inner eye structures to treat retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, dislocated lens implants, and floaters. Vitrectomy is done painlessly through tiny incisions under local anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center.
Scleral buckling is one of the original and most effective methods for repairing a retinal detachment. The surgery involves the placement of a silicone band around the equator of the eye, essentially squeezing the eyewall towards the detached retina. Advantages of a scleral buckle include avoidance of cataracts and enhanced protection from re-detachment.
Many retinal detachments can be effectively treated in the clinic using a gas bubble injected into the eye, a procedure called pneumatic retinopexy. After the bubble flattens the retinal detachment, laser or freezing treatment is applied to permanently seal the underlying retinal tear. Patients who undergo successful pneumatic retinopexy frequently achieve faster recovery of vision and better visual outcomes than those who undergo surgical repair.
Fluorescein angiography is a series of real-time photographs of fluorescein dye as it circulates through the blood vessels in your retina. This test can highlight abnormalities in the blood vessels of the retina, which can occur in several retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion.
Occasionally, a cataract lens implant shifts or dislocates out of position. In this situation, suturing a new lens implant into the eye is the best way to restore vision and normal eye anatomy.
*Some retinal procedures (intravitreal injection and retinal laser) are performed in the office at the time of your exam. Outpatient surgery is conducted at the Bayview Surgery Center, Surgery Center at St. Andrews, or at Manatee or Sarasota Memorial Hospital.