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What is a retinal detachment?

The retina is the inner layer at the back of your eye. The retina captures the light coming into your eye and sends this information to your brain. Sometimes the retina can peel off (detach), causing your vision to be blurred or a shadow to develop in your vision.

What are the benefits of surgery?

The aim is to prevent your vision from getting worse.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Sometimes the tear or hole can be treated without any surgery, using a laser or by freezing treatment.

What does the operation involve?

Various anaesthetic techniques are possible, including a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic that is injected around your eye to numb it. The operation usually takes 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Your surgeon can repair any tears or holes using a laser or by freezing treatment.

Retinal detachment surgery can involve the following techniques.

  • Removing the jelly part of your eye and replacing it with air, gas or silicone oil to help keep the retina in place.
  • Stitching a small piece of silicone rubber (a buckle) onto the surface of your eye to press the wall of your eye inwards and keep the retina in place.

What complications can happen?

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Specific complications of this operation

  • Heavy bleeding inside your eye
  • Reduced vision
  • Raised pressure in your eye
  • The retina may become detached again
  • Double vision
  • Inflammation in your other eye

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the next day.

Regular exercise should improve your long-term health. It is important to keep still for the first few days. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Do not swim or lift anything heavy until you have checked with your surgeon.

Most people make a good recovery.

Your surgeon will tell you if new glasses will improve your vision.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

TREATMENT COST

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. Please call +44 (0)20 3219 3315 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

Summary

A retinal detachment is a common problem where the inner layer at the back of your eye peels off. Retinal detachment surgery should prevent your vision from getting worse.

Disclaimer

The operation and treatment information on this website is published under license by The London Clinic from EIDO Healthcare UK and is protected by copyright laws. Other than for your personal, non-commercial use, you may not copy, print out, download or otherwise reproduce any of the information. The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

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