What is the common recovery time after retinal detachment surgery?

Weeks to months. Depends on the type of surgery, how complicated the detachment was, gas bubble or oil in the eye, etc. This can affect vision, flying, face down positioning, etc.
Weeks. Generally retinal repairs can range from a 3-4 weeks to months for completed repair and completely unrestricted activity dependent upon the extent of the detachment and repair method employed. Please ask your retinal surgeon.
Depends! The exact recovery time depends, and different physicians have different restrictions to facilitate the recovery. Many patients can go back to work in 1-4 weeks. Near full recovery following repair of primary detachment is usually achieved by 3 months. Complex re-operations may take longer.

Related Questions

Following retinal detachment surgery, my central vision is now pinched. Will this improve over time?

Maybe. If the macula was involved, the prognosis is guarded. Since the macula is the most sensitive part of the central vision it is essential to treat retinal detachments quickly. Read more...
Maybe. Depends on reversible or irreversible causes. Pinched vision is waviness? Or maybe post retinal surgery with wrinkled retina. If there is heme or swelling in the fovea (macula) that resolves, then vision can improve. If there is scar in the fovea, then the vision won't improved. Read more...
Maybe a little. One of the complications of retinal reattachment surgery is abnormal central vision. "pinched" vision is somewhat common, but cannot necessarily be specifically treated. A proper retinal evaluation to see if there is scar tissue pulling on the retina, which may be treatable, is a good start. If there is nothing abnormal visible/detectable with testing, it may improve over time a little. Read more...

Can contacts be worn after retinal detachment surgery?

Yes. Once the eye has healed after repair generally contact lenses can be worn. Often, if a scleral buckle was used which encircles the eyeball this can induce more nearsightedness. If this happens in one eye and is excessive, correction with contact lenses rather than glasses may be more comfortable. Read more...
Yes. Retinal detachment surgery can change someone's refraction. Also sometimes a patient is left aphakic if the lens is removed. Contacts are needed in those eyes. Read more...
Not right away. Do not use contact lenses until your retina specialist clears you and says your eye has healed. Also, your prescription may have changed from the surgery itself (scleral buckles induce more myopia [nearsightedness], and vitrectomy accelerates cataract formation). Ask your retinal specialist. Read more...

When can you drink after retinal detachment surgery?

If the detachment... ...Happened in an alcohol-related incident, then the answer is, never. If unrelated, depends on your general state of health. Read more...
See below. You can drink anything in moderation; however, if it is alcohol you are asking about, you'd better ask your retina specialist. Read more...

Can you develop keratitis after retinal detachment surgery?

Yes. After any type of surgery, the eyes tend to get dry. That is a risk factor for keratitis. If there is a concern of keratitis, the most important thing is to see your surgeon. Sometimes post op infections can mimic keratitis early on. Read more...
Unusual. This would be very rare. Your ophthalmologist that performed retinal surgery can determine if you have any problems with your cornea. Read more...
Rarely. Keratitis comes on a number of varieties (exposure=from drying, infectious, neurotrophic=abnormal nerves can lead to keratitis, etc. Any and all can occur after retina surgery, though very rarely. Read more...

After retinal detachment surgery, is it normal for your eye to hurt months later?

Possibly. Pain can occur months later. Pain is more commonly associated with scleral buckle surgery or long term silicone oil. Read more...
It depends. It depends what kind of surgery was necessary for your retinal detachment. Scleral buckle can be a source of irritation months later, but severe pain is never normal. You must be followed by a retina specialist and ask them for their opinion based on an actual examination. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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... Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...