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how successful is retinal detachment emergency surgery?

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Dr. Michael Ham
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Retinal Detachemnt: Varies, depending on what the cause, how long it has been present, age, amount of retina detachment, whether or not the macula is detached or not detached (macula off or on retinal detachment). Even if the retina is successfully attached, the vision may still be limited or the vision can be restored to normal.
Answered on Aug 16, 2012
Dr. Bernard Godley
31 years experience Retinal Surgery
It Depends: With modern surgical methods, retinas can be reattached 80-90 percent of the time, with one operation, depending on factors such as the duration of detachment and presence of scar tissue. The earlier it is repaired, the better the prognosis. The prognosis for visual acuity depends on whether the detachment extended into the center of the retina or not.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. H. Michael Lambert
43 years experience Retinal Surgery
Very successful: Retinal detachment surgery has progressed from a simple scleral buckle invented by custodis in the 30's to excellent results with a combination of different techniques and a very high success rate of over 90%.
Answered on Nov 27, 2013

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