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Why do you need a patch for both eyes after retinal detachment surgery?

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Dr. Johnstone Kim
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Limits eye movement

Your doctor may have patched both eyes so that you don't move your eyes.
Depending on the situation, your doctor may have bilaterally patched you because both eyes move when you try to only move one eye. This type of patching is very uncommon nowadays.

In brief: Limits eye movement

Your doctor may have patched both eyes so that you don't move your eyes.
Depending on the situation, your doctor may have bilaterally patched you because both eyes move when you try to only move one eye. This type of patching is very uncommon nowadays.
Dr. Johnstone Kim
Dr. Johnstone Kim
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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In brief: Just on one eye

The eye patch is protective for the operative eye only.
It is not common nowadays to have both eyes patched if only one eye is operated on.

In brief: Just on one eye

The eye patch is protective for the operative eye only.
It is not common nowadays to have both eyes patched if only one eye is operated on.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Patch after surgery

The patch is used as a precaution to protect your eyes from accidental rubbing.
A few sutures are placed at the end of the surgery and your doctor does not want them to come undone at this time. The patch also helps to minimize infection...

In brief: Patch after surgery

The patch is used as a precaution to protect your eyes from accidental rubbing.
A few sutures are placed at the end of the surgery and your doctor does not want them to come undone at this time. The patch also helps to minimize infection...
Dr. Theodore Wu
Dr. Theodore Wu
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Dr. Paul M Bonds
Ophthalmology

In brief: Usually not:

After retinal detachment surgery, some technique is done to close the tear or opening in the retina.
If gas is used, one needs to be quiet so that the laser or freezing technique used to cause an adhesion around the tear so it seals, one needs to be quiet and still enough to allow it to heal. Some patch both eyes to keep the person quiet for a few days.

In brief: Usually not:

After retinal detachment surgery, some technique is done to close the tear or opening in the retina.
If gas is used, one needs to be quiet so that the laser or freezing technique used to cause an adhesion around the tear so it seals, one needs to be quiet and still enough to allow it to heal. Some patch both eyes to keep the person quiet for a few days.
Dr. Paul M Bonds
Dr. Paul M Bonds
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