Of course, no one wants to have retina surgery, but when it’s necessary, you can count on us as the specialists here at Eye Institute of Essex. For a retinal tear or full detachment, our Verona eye surgery is safe and effective.
A retinal tear is less serious than a detachment, but it needs to addressed in a timely fashion or else it could become detached. One of the methods we use is called laser photocoagulation, which uses heat to re-seal the torn retina and reposition it to its normal state. Cryotherapy, conversely, employs the opposite method: cold. A probe is put underneath the retina’s surface and freezes the area around the tear. Regardless of which method is appropriate, the goal is the same. Our Verona eye surgery causes the formation of a scar that keeps the retina from detaching. For retina detachments, there are three procedures utilized: retinopexy, scleral buckle, and vitrectomy. Retinopexy is the injection of a gas bubble into the center of your eye. The bubble presses on the retina and then laser photocoagulation is used to seal up the retina. The bubble remains in your eye for about 1 to 3 weeks until the bond is judged to be reliable. Scleral buckle is done by placing a piece of plastic or similar flexible material over the white of your eye and sewing it in place, so that the pressure against the retina will flatten it back against your eye’s wall. Again, heat, or possibly cold is used to assist the seal. Vitrectomy is the removal of the eye’s vitreous gel to treat retinal bleeding.
Fortunately, most retinal detachments can be repaired. It is not uncommon, though, for more than one procedure to be needed in order to successfully repair the detachment. Call us to arrange a consultation to determine if you should have our Verona eye surgery.