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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

Eye Sight (Definition)

Sight is the sum of the light receptive and integrative capacity of the eye including best vision, color vision, night vision, depth vision, field of vision and the ability to track objects in motion. An ophthalmologist can measure these and determine the function of ...Read more


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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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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

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