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Retinal detachment happens when the thin layer at the back of your eye (your retina) becomes loose. A detached retina can cause permanent damage to your sight, so it needs to be treated quickly. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available and can be accessed quickly and without hassle through our private healthcare services.
Your retina captures the light coming into your eye and sends this information to your brain through your optic nerve, which allows you to see.
Sometimes, your retina can peel off or become loose (detach), causing your vision to blur or become shadowed.
Virectomy: this involves removing and replacing the jelly inside your eye (known as your viterous). Your Consultant will use small instruments to cut your vitreous and suction it out. They will then replace your viterous with a different solution, which is often a saline solution, air, or gas.
Pneumatic retinopexy: this involves injecting a bubble of gas into your eye to push the detached component of your retina against the back of your eye, holding it in place. Your Consultant will then use a freezing device to seal your retina to your eye, preventing future detachment.
Laser retinopexy: this technique uses a laser to create small burns around your retinal tear. This causes scarring, which acts like a barrier and attaches your retina to your eye, preventing future detachment.
Various anaesthetic techniques are possible for these procedures, including a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic that is injected around your eye to numb it.
Speak with your Consultant to find out which surgical procedure would work best for you.
It is important to keep still for the first few days. Before you start exercising, ask your healthcare team or GP for advice. Regular exercise should improve your long-term health.
Do not swim or lift anything heavy until you have checked in with your Consultant. They will tell you if you need new glasses to improve your vision.
They will assess your condition and advise which treatment option would work for you.
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