What is retina surgery?
Retina surgery is a procedure that is performed to repair a damaged retina. The retina is the thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye. It is responsible for transmitting images through the optic nerve to the brain. When the retina detaches away from the back of the eye or tears, it can cause permanent damage to your vision. Our skilled ophthalmologists at Ticho Eye Associates are highly trained and experienced in performing retina surgery to correct retinal detachments and tears. In some cases, the damage may be beyond repair, but we offer several state-of-the-art treatments that have high success rates. Contact our office in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, or Munster, IN to set up an appointment. Our team will be happy to sit down with you to discuss all your options.
Who is a Good Candidate for Retina Surgery?
Retina surgery is predominately for patients with torn or detached retinas whose vision issues cannot be resolved with less invasive techniques. It may also be an eventual option for those suffering from the following conditions:
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Severe eye trauma
- Macular degeneration or weakness
- Problems with cataracts
- Vitreous hemorrhage
The best type of retinal surgery for a patient will vary based on condition, severity, and symptoms. Contact Ticho Eye Associates to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and learn more about the best treatment options for your ocular condition.
What are the benefits of retina surgery?
There are several benefits of retina surgery, including:
- Improved vision
- Alleviation of pressure on the retina
- Prevention of future vision deterioration
- Effective and comfortable treatment
- High success rates
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How is retina surgery performed?
Surgery is the primary form of treatment for retinal detachments and tears. There are multiple procedures to choose from and once a comprehensive eye exam has been completed, we will provide our recommendation on which surgery may be best. Typically, laser surgery and cryopexy (freezing) are used to repair a retinal tear. For a retinal detachment, Ticho Eye Associates may perform:
- Scleral buckling, which indents the wall of the eye to relieve the pressure that is weighing down the retina
- Vitrectomy, which drains and replaces the fluid inside the eye to reposition the retina
- Pneumatic retinopexy, which injects air or gas into the eye to reattach the retina
Each has its benefits and risks, which will be discussed in detail during your initial treatment planning session.
Retina Surgery FAQ
How long does it take to recover from retina surgery?
Typically, it takes about 2 – 4 months to fully recover from retina surgery. You will also attend follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing properly. Additionally, you will be given the appropriate aftercare instructions for optimal recovery.
Is retina surgery painful?
Most patients do not report any significant discomfort during retina surgery. Prior to your procedure, anesthetic eye drops will be administered to ensure you remain comfortable throughout. If you have any questions or concerns before your surgery, please contact our team at Ticho Eye Associates.
How do I know if I need retina surgery?
Retina surgery may be necessary if you are suffering from retinal detachment. Some common symptoms of retina detachment can include flashes and floaters, changes in vision, and/or deteriorations of peripheral vision. During an initial consultation at our facility, our team can better determine if you would benefit from retina surgery.
repair retina damage
Ticho Eye Associates has been serving Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, and Munster, IN with high-quality eye care for many years. If you suspect a retinal detachment or have frequent floaters, contact our eye care facility to set up an appointment with our team. Undergoing a comprehensive eye exam is key to identifying retina damage, preserving long-term vision, and achieving the success of treatment.