North Carolina Retina Associates

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4414 Lake Boone Trl, Suite 302
Raleigh, NC 27607

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Retinal Tears and Detachments

A retinal detachment occurs when all layers of the retina separate from the wall of the eye. Left untreated, a retinal detachment will lead to blindness in the eye.

There are three surgical options for the treatment of a retinal detachment.

  1. The first option is an in-office procedure called a pneumatic retinopexy where a freezing treatment is applied to the causiitve retinal tear and a gas bubble is placed into the eye. However, it is only possible to use this technique in select cases based on the characteristics of the detachment.
  2. The second option is a surgical procedure known as a scleral buckle. This is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. A silicone band is placed around the eye, under the skin of the eye in combination with a freezing treatment. A gas bubble is often placed in the eye as well.
  3. The third option is a vitrectomy. This takes place in the operating room with anesthesia. The vitreous, or jelly, is removed and the retina is put back in place. Laser is often performed. A gas bubble or oil bubble is then placed in the vitreous space.

In some cases, a scleral buckle and a vitrectomy are combined in one surgery.

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