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Can scleral buckle surgery permanently alter your vision?

Can scleral buckle surgery permanently alter your vision?

Yes: A scleral buckle is a band applied around the middle of the eye to force the retina inside to attach itself and not come off. It also changes the front to back length of the eye which induces myopia. If the surgery went well and the detachment not too severe, the effect will be to make the eye more myopic. The other variable is the extent of the detachment which also can change the vision. ...Read more

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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Can scleral buckle surgery permanently damage my eyesight?

Can scleral buckle surgery permanently damage my eyesight?

Not directly: A scleral buckle is a required element of retinal re-attachment surgery and will be done by your retinal surgeon if needed. It will alter the refraction but does not permanently damage the vision. Retinal detachment can do that but do not let that damage be blamed on the buckle. ...Read more

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I had scleral buckle surgery last week; should I be having any fevers; is this normal?

I had scleral buckle surgery last week; should I be having any fevers; is this normal?

Not in general.: One week after a scleral buckle procedure you should not in general be experiencing fevers from the procedure. It is more than likely unrelated and coincidental from another cause such as some other form of systemic infection or viral syndrome. It would be very rare to experience an infected scleral buckle so quickly after the intervention. ...Read more

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Can I wear contact lenses after scleral buckle surgery, or do I have to wait?

Can I wear contact lenses after scleral buckle surgery, or do I have to wait?

Eventually, you can.: Excellent question. Generally after a scleral buckle the conjunctiva or thin layer of skin around the eye needs time to heal. It is common to have a few very fine stitches that are on the surface. Wearing a contact lens increases the risk for infection like any foreign body. It also may be difficult to do while drops are being used frequently. Best to wait till your retina doc feels it's ok. ...Read more

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Can scleral buckle surgery cause permanent eye damage?

Can scleral buckle surgery cause permanent eye damage?

Rarely: Scleral buckles are used to fix a retinal detachment. Rarely, it can limit the blood supply to the front of the eye and cause problems. It usually does not cause any issues. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about retinal detachment surgery in the form of a scleral buckle?

Can you tell me about retinal detachment surgery in the form of a scleral buckle?

It is a eye surgery: Scleral buckle surgery is used to help repair the detached retina. It is used at times with another surgery called vitrectomy. It is a band that can go around the eye or partially around the eye and bring the wall of the eye inward to contact the retinal detachment. It also can provide support to the retina. ...Read more

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Will my eyes be as beautiful as it is now after vitrectomy or scleral buckle or any other surgery? will there be any changes in the shape of the eye?

Will my eyes be as beautiful as it is now after vitrectomy or scleral buckle or any other surgery? will there be any changes in the shape of the eye?

Not much change: Your eye most likely remain the same and beautiful. Vitrectomy will not change the shape or correction of your eye. You may have redness for a few weeks which will go away with drops and healing. Scleral buckle changes the eye's diameter to about 1 mm. But, it may not effect the external look of the eye. It will change the correction of the eye to become myopic. ...Read more

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I had a retina detachment surgery/scleral buckle 3 months ago. Can i sparr in the ring with a head gear that protects me from direct blows to the eye?

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I had a retina detachment surgery/scleral buckle 3 months ago. Can i sparr in the ring with a head gear that protects me from direct blows to the eye?

No: A retinal detachment is an extremely dangerous event. You could lose permanent vision in that eye. It also means protecting vision in the other eye very very important. An accidental blow to your head and eye could permanently leave you blind. No amount of head gear can protect you from that. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do about permanent red eye after scleral buckle surgery?

What to do about permanent red eye after scleral buckle surgery?

Red eyes: After surgery is quite common. The blood vessels in the area tend to dilate to help with healing. There's really no way to get rid of these blood vessels because if you try to remove them, they will be replaced by other ones. Over a long period of time, they may become less prominent. ...Read more

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Could i get laser eye surgery if I have a scleral buckle for a previous retinal detachement?

Could i get laser eye surgery if I have a scleral buckle for a previous retinal detachement?

In general: yes: Get an opinion form a qualified eyemd to make sure you are a good candidate. There are may factors that should be considered. ...Read more

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Can I get laser eye surgery if I had a scleral buckle for a previous retinal detachement a couple of years ago?

Can I get laser eye surgery if I had a scleral buckle for a previous retinal detachement a couple of years ago?

Yes: A scleral buckle is used to fix a retina detachment. In doing so it also increases the myopia (nearsightedness) of the eye. Lasik can help improve the uncorrected vision. Usually retinal clearance is sought before hand. If a small cataract has developed, proceeding with cataract surgery first may be more prudent in correcting the vision. ...Read more

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What should I expect by having a scleral buckle? Will I get my old vision back?

What should I expect by having a scleral buckle?  Will I get my old vision back?

Scary by safe: Scleral buckle surgery has been performed for decades and has a great safety record. It is very effective in fixing retinal detachments. The vision attained afterward depends most on the extent of the detachment (macula on or off) and how long it has been present. ...Read more

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Eye look will change after buckle surgery ? This is for 7 year old kid

Eye look will change after buckle surgery ? This is for 7 year old kid

No: The buckle for a retinal detachment cannot be seen. When the eye is healed, the eye will look normal. ...Read more

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My daughter 7 yr old undergoing buckle surgery for retina detachment , will there be change in her eye shape after surgery? Please suggest .

My daughter 7 yr old undergoing buckle surgery for retina detachment , will there be change in her eye shape after surgery? Please suggest .

Yes: If the buckle encircles her eye there will most likely be. Change in the eye shape which will change her eyeglass prescription. The new prescription will be given free the eye heals. ...Read more

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What are the effects of scleral surgery on your face?

What are the effects of scleral surgery on your face?

None: The sclera is the white of the eye and occasionally has to undergo surgery for a few unusual conditions. But this is isolated from the face and should cause no facial change. ...Read more

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Post-scleral buckling surgery? What can't or shouldn't I be doing?

Post-scleral buckling surgery?  What can't or shouldn't I be doing?

Depends on time.: You should do whatever your retina specialist, who repaired your retinal detachment, tells you what you can do. Immediately after surgery you will be closely followed to see if your retina reattached. If it has, then in general you can quickly return to normal activities except contact sports. If it has not reattached then your activities will be limited as you may need a second procedure. ...Read more

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Doctors, is it normal to feel the buckle after sceral buckle surgery?

Scleral Buckle : How long ago was the surgery? Most patients can "feel" the buckle for some weeks after the procedure, and then they gradually get used to it. Where and how much you feel depends on where the retinal tear was and where the buckle is applied. Naturally, the best person to call if you are still concerned, is your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I had a scleral buckling surgery about 4 months ago but see little improvement; what should the end result be?

I had a scleral buckling surgery about 4 months ago but see little improvement; what should the end result be?

It varies.: It depends on whether your macula, the central portion of your retina where we obtain our most precise vision, was originally detached at the time of your procedure and how long it was detached prior to the surgery. If your macula was attached prior to your surgery, your vision generally recovers more quickly. If your macula was detached at the initial procedure, your vision may not recover fully. ...Read more

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I seem to have a slight inferior scleral show. Not sure if since childhood, but whether it was or not, how can it be fixed fix with/without surgery?

I seem to have a slight inferior scleral show. Not sure if since childhood, but whether it was or not, how can it be fixed fix with/without surgery?

Surgery likely: This as you know is called scleral show and relates to the fact that the lower lid sits above the lower edge of the cornea (colored part). This can attract attention, especially if on one side only. No medication will stop this but there are good surgical procedures to elevate the lid if you desire. Discuss this with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Sclera (Definition)

The sclera is the white hard covering of the eye. It creates the actual "eye ball" and is made out of dense connective tissue. The conjunctiva is a thin, clear ...Read more