This surgery involves repairing a retina that has separated from the back of the eye.
The retina is a thin layer of tissue lining the back in the eye. It acts like film in a camera. As light passes through the lens of the eye, it is focused onto the retina. The retina, which is sensitive to light, "takes the picture" and transmits the image through the optic nerve to the brain.
This care path is for the repair of a simple retinal detachment performed in an eye doctor's office. If a detachment is severe, it may need to be done in an operating room.
A detached retina can lead to permanent vision loss, so it should be evaluated quickly. This is true even if it is an evening, weekend or holiday. The urgency of the repair depends on where the detachment is located and how severe the detachment is. Some of the symptoms of a detached retina include:
Your eye doctor will perform several tests to check the inside of your eye. Based on the test results, he or she will determine the best course of treatment for you. If the detachment is not severe, it may be repaired in the office using a laser to close the hole or tear. A “gas bubble” may then be placed in the eye to hold the retina in place.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a detached retina repair?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. Get your instructions in writing. You should also understand all home care instructions (including eye drops, medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. It will be important to bring a friend or family member with you to the appointment so they can listen and take notes for you. Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility.
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