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This web site is about preventing loss of sight from Detached Retina


Non-Clinical Description of Surgical Procedures by  Someone Who
Had Them

This site is not about me. I am including this info because my wife scared an at risk person into getting an eye exam with an Ophthalmologist by describing what happened to me.

Remember a Detached Retina is a medical emergency and there is little time to select a Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon. Think about it!

Since my eye was full of blood (I couldn't see) and the surgeon could not see to do a repair, the Vitreous Humour inside the eye was removed and replaced with a solution. This is done with a special machine invented at the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute in Miami which cuts through the white part of the eye, removes the Vitreous Humour inside and replaces it with a solution all in one operation.

Laser Repair
After the Vitrectomy the surgeon could see what needed to be repaired. Two retinal tears and an isolated detachment were were repaired.

Scleral Buckle
As the Surgeon wanted to make sure the procedure was a success, he placed a Scleral Buckle Implant on the outside of the eye around the area where the tears were. The buckle is a silicone implant that squeezes the eyeball. The upside is higher probability of a successful procedure. The down side is that the eyeball is
2 millimeters longer and my uncorrected vision got a lot worse.

Gas Bubble
A gas bubble is then placed in the eye that puts some positive pressure against the retinal tears. The bubble disappears after a week or so.

I was on light duty after the procedure but some cases have to lie face down on a special table for a couple of weeks!

I say again, prevention is better and that's what this web site is all about

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