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* Ocular Anatomy And Function

* The Vitreous

* Retinal Tear And Vitreous Hemorrhage

* Treatment Of Retinal Tear

* Retinal Detachment

* Scleral Buckling Surgery For Retinal Detachment

* Pneumatic Retinopexy

* Vitreous Surgery (Vitrectomy)

* Vitreous Hemorrhage And Retinal Detachment

* Proliferative Vtireoretinopathy (PVR)

* Giant Retinal Tear

* Diabetic Retinopathy

* Epiretinal Membrane (Macular Pucker)

* Intraocular Infection: Endophthalmitis

* Retinal Detachment With CMV Retinitis

* Trauma And Intraocular Foreign Body

* Dislocated Lens

* Macular Hole

* Submacular Surgery

* FAQ's About Retinal Detachment

Treatment Of Retinal Tear.

If a tear of the retina has occurred, laser treatment or cryotherapy, or both, may be used to seal the retinal tear in order to prevent a retinal detachment from occurring. The laser is a beam of light that turns to heat when it contacts the retina. The laser light is directed through a special contact lens. Cryotherapy (also called cryo) is a means of freezing the part of the retina that needs to be treated. This is done with a cryoprobe which is placed on the outside of the eye. Both laser treatment and cryotherapy seal the retina to the back wall of the eye by forming a scar. This scar, which takes approximately 10 days to heal, forms a bond which seals the retina around the retinal tear and prevents a detachment.

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Sometimes a very small retinal detachment develops around a retinal tear. Although surgery can be dome for a small retinal detachment, frequently it is so small that either laser or cryotherapy alone can be used to wall the detachment off. The treatment prevents the detachment from getting bigger. The retinal detachment, however, may break through the laser or cryotherapy scar, so the patient must always be aware of the possibility of developing a retinal detachment, which would be experienced as a loss of peripheral vision. Your doctor may suggest that you test your peripheral vision daily.

Both laser surgery and cryotherapy are done on an outpatient basis. Patients may return to full activity, without restrictions, in a short period of time. Vision may be blurred for several days following laser or cryotherapy. If cryotherapy is used to treat the retinal tear, the eye may be red for several weeks.


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