What are the benefits of retinal detachment surgery?
The main aim is to prevent you from going blind in the affected eye. You may have lost vision already due to the retinal detachment and even with successful surgery your vision may not return to normal.
What are the risks of retinal detachment surgery?
Retinal detachment surgery is not always successful. The success rate for retinal detachment surgery is approximately 80- 90% with a single operation. This means that 2 in 10 people (20%) will need more than one operation. The risks and benefits will be explained to you before you give consent for surgery by your doctor.
Any surgical procedure carries risks which include bleeding, infection however, in retinal detachment surgery this risk is very low (1 in 1000). Although rare, retinal detachment surgery carries the risk of serious consequences, including blindness.
What to expect after the operation?
Retinal detachment surgery is a major operation and it is normal to experience some discomfort in the eye following surgery. You will be given specific posturing instructions which need to be followed after surgery. The white of the eye may appear red with swelling to the eyelid. You may have some watering of the eye and a gritty sensation in the eye which slowly disappears in few days. You will be given eye drops to be used for few weeks. You can shower or bath but avoid getting water directly into the eye and abstain from unhygienic environments and anything that puts the eye at risk of injury.
You will be reviewed usually after one week and again after 4 weeks. Vision in the eye will be blurred for a few weeks after the operation but it should improve slowly over time. Your surgeon will discuss your final expected visual outcome of your surgery. If you have any concerns, please discuss this with your surgeon.
How much time will I need off work?
You will need rest from work for about two weeks. We advise against driving for the first few weeks. However, any work-related concerns should be discussed with your surgeon.
Where can I find further information?
Understanding retinal detachment surgery can be complicated. This information leaflet may not cover all the concerns you may have about this procedure. Further information can be found at the following websites:
The information mentioned here is based on a variety of sources, including latest published research and the Britain & Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons.
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