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Retinal detachment treatment

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 describes the thin inner layer at the back of your eye.

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. 

There are various surgical techniques used to re-attach your retina or fix a retinal tear. These include:

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.

You should be able to go home the day after retinal detachment surgery.

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.

We offer all of the treatment options above. You can arrange a private eyecare appointment with a leading Ophthalmologist to discuss them – quickly and without hassle.

They will assess your condition and advise which treatment option would work for you.

To arrange your appointment, call us directly on 0141 300 5009 or book an appointment online.

Specialists offering Retinal detachment surgery

Mr Vaughan Tanner

Consultant Ophthalmic, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon

BSc Hons (Lond), MBBS (Lond), FRCOphth (Lond)

BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital 1 more Circle Reading Hospital

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Mr Philip David

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


BMI The Beardwood Hospital

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Mr Kirti Jasani

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon


BMI The Highfield Hospital

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Mr Mark Faraday George Hulbert

Medical and Surgical Eye Specialist, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Eye Surgeon


BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Sundeep Kheterpal

Consultant Ophthalmologist


BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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