Repairing Retinal Detachment with Pneumatic Retinopexy
Pneumatic retinopexy can repair retinal detachment and restore your vision. Treatment involves creating a small gas bubble within the eye, which pushes the retina back into its proper position for reattachment. Retinal detachment is an especially dangerous eye condition because it can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. Dr. Sean C. Lalin provides pneumatic retinopexy for retinal detachment at his offices in Morristown and Hackettstown. If you are experiencing any symptoms of retinal detachment, contact Retina & Eye Specialists of New Jersey immediately.
Pneumatic Retinopexy: A Small Air Bubble Can Make a Big Difference
The retina consists of photosensitive tissue that lines the back inner surface of the eye. When light passes through the cornea and crystalline lens, it is focused on the retina. Next, the light is converted into neural signals that travel through the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets the signals as images. The retina is attached to supportive tissues containing blood vessels that supply it with oxygen-rich blood. Without the support of these tissues, your retina gradually begins to die.
Pneumatic retinopexy uses a gas bubble to press a detached retinal layer back into its proper position along these supportive tissues. Your doctor will inject the bubble into your eye and tilt your head at an angle, causing the gas bubble to float upwards and place light pressure on your retinal layer. Next, the retina will be reattached using cryotherapy or photocoagulation. Cryotherapy is a process of applying a freezing probe to the eye surface, freezing the area around the retinal tear and facilitating reattachment. Photocoagulation is a process of using a laser to create a scar that holds the retina against its supportive tissue. The bubble itself will naturally dissipate over time and absorb into your body.
Diagnosing Retinal Detachment and Choosing Treatment
Because it is a time-sensitive disorder, you should immediately visit a retina specialist if you begin to notice flashes of light, blurred vision, or loss of sight that moves from the edge of your vision to your central field of vision. Our team can quickly diagnose retinal detachment using ultrasonography, which creates a detailed map of the inside of your eye.
The type of treatment you receive for your retinal detachment will depend upon the severity of your condition, and how long your retina has been detached. Other types of retinal detachment treatment include scleral buckling and vitrectomy. Scleral buckling is a process of sewing a piece of sponge or rubber to the white of the eye, causing an indentation that relieves pressure on the retina. Vitrectomy involves replacing the fluid inside the eye with liquid, air, or gas. Our doctors can determine which treatment is best for your needs.
Retinal detachment is a very serious condition that requires urgent care. Fortunately, there are advanced solutions that can restore and preserve your vision. To learn more about pneumatic retinopexy and other treatments for retinal disorders, contact us today. Our friendly team is happy to answer your questions and schedule your appointment.