4 tips for Retinal Detachment recovery patients

4 tips for Retinal Detachment recovery patients

The gel-like substance in our eyes that accounts for 80% of the volume of our eyes is known as Vitreous. The semi-solid state of the vitreous is what gives our eyes the round shape. Some collagen fibres secure the base area near the front of the eye just over the retina. The vitreous is also subject to wear and tear. Most retinal breaks, holes, or tears are spontaneous.

Over time, as you grow older, the vitreous loses its jelly like property, either due to old age or retinal tear inducing trauma. It starts to liquidise and thereby loosening its hold over the retina which eventually leads to Retinal Displacement or Detachment.

Medical advancement has made treatments so easy and elementary that Retinal Detachment can be treated by any form of retinopathy treatment. But how does one identify early symptoms of Retinal Displacement/Detachment?

The following are a few examples of retinal detachment.

Flashing lights and floaters are the initial symptoms of retinal displacement/detachment. A retinal tear precedes the detachment itself.

Early diagnosis and repair of retinal displacement/detachments are vital since visual improvement is much greater when the retina is repaired before the macula or central area of the retina is detached.

The surgical repair of a retinal displacement/detachment has high rates of success when it comes to reattaching the retina.

Some of the common treatments for retinal displacement include:

  • Vitrectomy

In this surgical procedure, the vitreous liquid is completely removed from the eye ensure no traction remains on the retina, and the empty space is in the eye is replaced with a gas bubble to help regain the shape of the eye and to press the retina against the front until it heals.

  • Scleral Bulking

Scleral Bulking is another retinopathy procedure that is performed to relieve the traction placed on the retinal break by moving the wall of the eye inwards. This is achieved by placing an external wall around the eye and tightening it.

  • Pneumatic Retinopexy

In this form of retinopathy, a gas bubble is injected directly into the vitreous area to hold it together in place along with a combination of laser bonding or freezing the retina to heal the tear.

Like all post-surgical care, even with Retinopathy treatment it is necessary to take adequate precautions to ensure a healthy and quick healing process.

Below, we have compiled together four necessary tips and precautions measures to be adopted which everyone who has had the retina treatment should be aware of:

  1. Always use the prescribed eye drops regularly for preventing inflammation and bacterial infections.
  2. Keep your hands clean while handling the medicines and patches of the treated eye.
  3. Avoid tasks which require bending or lifting heavy objects until complete recovery.
  4. Use the protective eye-guard for at least a week while carefully following the guidelines to ensure incisions heal without disruption.

Even though there are many more safety measures to be taken, we have spoken above only about the key steps that need to be taken


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