Retina Surgery
in Metairie, LA

Why Have Retinal Surgeries Become More Common?

Retinal surgeries have become increasingly common as a result of the advancements in surgical techniques that allow doctors to treat vitreoretinal concerns and retinal diseases, such as macular holes, retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane disease, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR). Whether you’re living in Louisiana or visiting from out of state for treatment, you want a professional eye surgeon who offers personalized, top-of-the-line treatment and compassionate follow-up care.

Vitrectomy

Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The vitreous humor, an important gel-like substance that helps maintain normal vision and protect the eye’s delicate tissues, is removed. A thin instrument called a vitrector is inserted through small incisions in the sclera (white of the eye) to reach and remove some or all of the vitreous.

How Does Removing the Vitreous Help Relieve Pain & Promote Healing?

Removing the vitreous helps relieve pain-inducing pressure inside the eye caused by infections or diseases. Removal allows for improved healing after the damage has occurred to the retina due to disease or trauma. Removal of the vitreous humor can improve visual acuity by providing ophthalmologists better access to perform laser treatments or inject medications into specific areas of the eye to treat underlying disorders.

The procedure is performed in an ambulatory surgical center or hospital on an outpatient basis. Patients are discharged home the same day. It takes between 20 and 60 minutes. In most cases, vitrectomy is performed under conscious sedation, similar to cataract surgery.

Are There Any Risks With Vitrectomy?

Vitrectomy risks are minimal but include the temporary side effects of blurry vision and increased light sensitivity. Side effects are usually mild in nature and tend to resolve within a few days after surgery or when prescribed medications have been administered. Some patients may experience an increase in floaters or flashes of light in their vision after having this procedure. Still, if managed properly, these symptoms should diminish over time with no long-term effects.

Vitrectomy: An Effective Treatment Option for Retina Patients

Vitrectomy is an effective treatment option for many retina patients and allows for improvements in both visual acuity and overall quality of life. It is important to discuss all possible risks and benefits associated with this form of surgery with your doctor prior to undergoing any procedures so you can make an informed decision about your care plan.

Scleral Buckle Surgery

Scleral buckle surgery is used to repair the retinal detachment. During this surgery, the eye surgeon places a wire or silicone band around the outside of the eye (sclera) to gently compress and secure the area containing the detached retina. This reduces fluid build-up behind the retina and allows it to heal. The procedure may involve implanting additional material in the eye, like gas or oil bubbles, to support reattachment further.

Benefits of Scleral Buckle Surgery

This surgery has been used for decades and offers many benefits, including reducing the risk of further damage due to retinal detachment. It is minimally invasive, which means there is minimal disruption to surrounding tissues compared to traditional methods, making recovery quicker and easier. Furthermore, scleral buckle surgery can be performed without having to use complex imaging technology like ultrasound or optical coherence tomography (OCT).

Post Scleral Buckle Surgery

For some patients, it can take up to six months after surgery before they experience improved vision again. There is also the risk of complications like infection or excessive scarring at the suture placement site. However, these risks are rare and are generally managed through regular follow-up visits and monitoring from an ophthalmologist.

Scleral Buckle Surgery: A Safe & Effective way to Treat Retinal Detachment

Scleral buckle surgery is a safe and effective way to treat retinal detachment, particularly when more invasive options are not feasible or desirable. It offers high success rates, with most patients achieving significant improvements within six months post-operation, leading to an improved quality of life.

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