Retinal surgery refers more specifically to “retinal detachment surgery” which is a repair process that secures the retina back to its normal position after it has been detached from the structure of the eye. This can happen for a number of reasons. Commonly, detachment is a result of accidents, sporting injuries, or other health issues and anomalies. The retina is an extremely important part of the eye and if not taken care of immediately, once detached, the patient runs the risk of permanent vision loss or blindness. Education is critical to save you from vision loss if this happens to you. For patients who act quickly, we can often salvage your vision to what it was pre-detachment.
When the detachment happens, oxygen is not able to enter the retina’s cells which causes the area to die off and can lead to blindness. Sometimes the issue is caught before there is a total detachment. If you keep a close working relationship with us at OSM, we are on top of your eye health to catch and correct issues in advance when possible. Small tears or holes in the retina are often able to be fully resolved and restored. Sometimes a surgery called pneumatic retinopexy is performed, which involves the insertion of a gas bubble into the retina. The patient is instructed to position him/herself in a certain way so that the bubble floats up and pushes the retina back into place. More severe retinal detachments require surgery at our outpatient center in Livonia, MI. There are procedures such as the scleral buckle method and vitrectomy that will resolve these more urgent retinal surgeries.
No matter what your situation or state of vision, OSM is prepared to meet the challenge head on. We ensure your eyes are in good care. Contact us at Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to learn more.