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Treatment

Treatments may include:

Non-surgical Procedures

  • Cryotherapy (or cryoretinopexy)—A freezing probe is used to seal the retina back into its normal position.
  • Diathermy—Heat is used to seal the retina back into its normal position.
  • Laser retinopexy—A laser is used to make tiny burns around the area of detachment. This seals down the surrounding retina often preventing further detachment.
  • Pneumatic retinopexy—A special type of gas bubble is injected into the eye. The gas bubble pushes the retina back into place.

All of these procedures are often combined with other procedures or surgeries.

Surgical Procedures

  • Vitrectomy—the surgical removal of vitreous fluid that is pulling on the retina and causing detachment
  • Scleral buckle—the surgical placement of a flexible band around the eye

If you are diagnosed with a detached retina, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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