How do they fix a detached retina?

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How do they fix a detached retina?

Typically we will dilate the eye to enlarge the pupil as much as possible. Then a special lens with a mirror can be placed on the eye and a laser can be used to encircle small tears and holes to scar the retina back down in place. In cases of large holes, tears, or detachments, sometimes an injection of a special gas is used to push the retina back in place before laser is used to scar it down. In some cases a medical device called a Scleral Buckle is placed around the eye. This functions like a rubber band to apply pressure in the area of detachment to help keep the tissue in place. Retinal detachment is a medical emergency and requires prompt medical attention to preserve vision. If you experience any warning signs of retinal detachment, seek medical care immediately. Surgery is usually required to repair a detached retina. If you are concerned about symptoms of retinal detachment, book an eye exam with your local eye doctor. Early detection and treatment are key to preserving your vision.

A detached retina is a serious medical condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated promptly. Here’s why it’s essential to get a detached retina repaired quickly:

  1. Risk of Permanent Vision Loss: The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye that captures visual information and sends it to the brain. When it detaches, it no longer receives the necessary blood supply. If left untreated, the cells in the retina can start to die, leading to irreversible vision loss.
  2. Progressive Damage: Once the retina begins to detach, the process can accelerate. The larger the area of detachment, the greater the risk of vision loss.
  3. Fluid Accumulation: When the retina detaches, fluid can accumulate behind it, pushing it further away from the back wall of the eye. This can exacerbate the detachment and increase the risk of complications during surgery.
  4. Treatment Complexity: The longer the retina remains detached, the more complicated and less successful the surgical intervention may become. Scar tissue can form, making it more difficult to reattach the retina.
  5. Other Complications: An untreated detached retina can lead to other eye problems, including glaucoma (increased eye pressure), which can further damage the optic nerve and reduce vision.
  6. Potential for Total Detachment: While some retinal detachments might initially be partial, there’s a risk they could progress to a total detachment, affecting the entire field of vision in that eye.


Immediate medical attention is crucial if you experience sudden symptoms like flashing lights, floaters, or a shadow over your visual field. Early detection and prompt surgical treatment significantly increase the chances of preserving or restoring vision.

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