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Doctor insights on: Recovery Process For Detached Retina Surgery

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Hi. I have recently had surgery on my eye as i had a detached retina. I work on the roads so it can be a lot of lifting. What's the recovery time?

Hi. I have recently had surgery on my eye as i had a detached retina. I work on the roads so it can be a lot of lifting. What's the recovery time?

Talk to your surgeon: It depends on the surgery that you had. It also depends on the type of detachment and location of the detachment. I usually tell my patients to plan on at least 1 week off, and sometime it may be longer. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Godley
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Detached Retina (Definition)

The retina is the light sensitive layer in the back of the eye that transmits images to the brain via the optic nerves to create vision. If a hole or tear develops in the retina, eye fluids can separate the retina from underlying layer (choroid) . The most common cause of retinal holes or tears is traction from the vitreous, the clear gel that fils the inside of ...Read more


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Is surgery always needed for detached retina?

Is surgery always needed for detached retina?

No: Depends on size, location, chronicity, visual potential, mechanism, etc. ...Read more

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How effective is surgery for detached retina?

How effective is surgery for detached retina?

It depends: The longer the retina has been detached, the poorer the surgical outcomes. Generally speaking, greater than 90% of retinal detachnments can be repaired with one operation. ...Read more

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What surgery is appropriate for a detached retina?

Three: Pneumatic retinopexy is an option for some detachments only. Scleral buckling and vitrectomy are appropriate either alone or in combination, depending on the type and severity of the detachment. ...Read more

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What types of surgery can correct a detached retina?

What types of surgery can correct a detached retina?

Outpatient Surgery: A retinal detachment can be repaired two ways. First, via an in-office procedure called a pneumatic retinopexy, and second, a more involved outpatient surgery employing a vitrectomy and/or scleral buckle. The first type is suited for a certain type of detachment that can be repaired with laser or a freezing treatment, and a gas bubble injection, whereas the second type is done in the operating room. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about surgery for a detached retina?

Can you tell me about surgery for a detached retina?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways. --laser treatment --pneumatic retinopexy --scleral buckle --vitrectomy the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on a detached retina surgery?

Can you give me more info on a detached retina surgery?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways. --laser treatment --pneumatic retinopexy --scleral buckle --vitrectomy the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen. ...Read more

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After you have surgery to fix a detached retina can your vision ever be normal?

It is possible: It is possible, but there are many factors that can affect the results.Depending on the type and duration of detachment, and the surgical outcomes, it is possible to come away with 20/20 vision. Without knowing specific details of the case, it is difficult to comment further. ...Read more

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How long did it take you to get your vision back after a detached retina surgery?

How long did it take you to get your vision back after a detached retina surgery?

It Depends: Retinal detachment surgery can involve a range of surgical techniques from an office procedure to operative surgery. Typical recovery ranges from 2 to 6 weeks depending on whether gas or oil was used in the surgery. It may take months for the vision to recovery optimally, depending on the type of detachment that occurred. It is best to follow the surgeon's guidelines. ...Read more

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Can a person continue to drive a vehcle after they have had detached retina surgery?

Can a person continue to drive a vehcle after they have had detached retina surgery?

Yes: Most states only require vision in one eye of 20/40 or better to maintain an unrestricted drivers license, so even during the healing phase or if the vision is reduced after a retina procedure a person may drive. Once a retinal detachment has healed there are no activity restrictions. ...Read more

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Following you have surgery to fix a detached retina can your vision go away, what to do?

Following you have surgery to fix a detached retina can your vision go away, what to do?

Rarely: Retinal re-attachemnt surgery is aimed at preserving vision. Loosing vision is not usual. Discuss with your surgeon, and perhaps a second opinion is in order if he cannot explain what happened. However, even in the best hands, some retinal re-attachment surgeries result in disappointing vision outcomes, esp. If multiple surgeries are needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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After surgery for a detached retina, my vision is coming back but it is still distorted. Will it continue to get better?

Distortion after RD: Following repair of retinal detachment, distortion during the healing process can also indicate swelling of the retina (macular edema) or abnormal healing of the retina. Sometimes scar tissue can form on the macula creating distortion. A test called oct (optical coherence tomography) is useful in analyzing the macula for causes of distortion. Discuss with your retinal specialist. ...Read more

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Surgery nov. 2012 for a detached retina. I have oil that needs to be removed. How long does this usually stay in before another procedure?

3-8 months: Removal depends upon the success of the re-attachement and whether the oil stays in place or migrates and causes problems. Discuss you situation with the retinal surgeon who put in the oil on you r next visit. ...Read more

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I am a professional boxer concerned about my career now after a recent detached retina surgery. How long after the surgery should I wait to fight?

I am a professional boxer concerned about my career now after a recent detached retina surgery. How long after the surgery should I wait to fight?

Just Guessing: I am a retinal specialist. I generally feel that a retina attached for 6 weeks to 3 months is unlikely to re-detach. There are so many scenarios and variables that i'd really have to defer to your retinal specialist. ...Read more

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Can alcohol affect the healing of surgery for detached retina?

Can alcohol affect the healing of surgery for detached retina?

Yes: Retinal detachment is a very serious condition and surgery to repair it requires that you take very good care of yourself while it heals. Both smoking and alcohol have been demonstrated to increase the risk for retinal damage in patients with other risk factors. I suggest you avoid both while recovering and until your retinal surgeon gives the OK. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting a detached retina right after cataract surgery?

What are the chances of getting a detached retina right after cataract surgery?

Low: During cataract surgery the eye decompresses and this causes the vitreous jelly to create traction and pull on the retina. The jelly may then separate from the retina and tear a hole . This hole can lead to a detachment. It is uncommon but it can happen in a small % of cases. ...Read more

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For how long will my eye look droopy or swollen after detached retina surgery?

For how long will my eye look droopy or swollen after detached retina surgery?

See below: It can be days or weeks. If it persists beyond 6 months, and is cosmetically or functionally noticeable, then eyelid surgery can be performed to try to improve it. ...Read more

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How does silicone oil left in my eye after detached retina surgery affect my sight?

How does silicone oil left in my eye after detached retina surgery affect my sight?

Farsighted: Silicone oil induces far sightedness while it is in the eye. This will be reversible when it and when is removed. ...Read more

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Eye surgery detached retina. Can the sureal buckel be removed. It makes me very near sited?

Eye surgery detached retina.   Can the sureal buckel be removed.    It makes me very near sited?

Yes.: Adding laser to the peripheral laser a week before the scleral buckle removal minimizes the risk of re-detachment. The buckle element can then be removed. I have done this about a dozen times without a problem. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get my eyes to look normal again (no droopy or swollen eyes) after detached retina surgery?

Depends. : It depends on how extensive your surgery was. If a buckle and vitrectomy were done, it can talk a while. That means up to a few months for the eye to look normal again. It is common for the eyelid to be a little droopy after any type of eye surgery. This may or may not recover totally. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Retina (Definition)

That lines the inner eyeball that turns light into chemical/electrical signals interpreted by brain which we ...Read more


Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Retinal Detachment (Definition)

When the retina peels away from the back part of the eye. This is a serious condition which ...Read more