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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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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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)

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