Treating Retinal Detachments

A retinal detachment is often an acute retinal condition requiring surgery. Surgery can involve office procedures like pneumatic retinopexy or outpatient surgery like a scleral buckle or vitrectomy or a combination of these procedures. It is very important to prevent involvement of the critical central area, the macula. If the macula is attached, the vision outcome is usually excellent. Risk factors for retinal detachment include lattice degeneration, nearsightedness (myopia), recent eye surgery (cataract surgery, yag laser), prior blunt trauma, or a family history of retinal detachment.