Frequently Asked Questions
What is Retinal Detachment Surgery?
Retinal detachment is a condition where the retina gets separated from the underlying tissue within the eye. This occurs due to retinal break, hole or tear. The cause for the retinal break, tear or hole may be due to preexisting factors like eye diseases, myopia, prior ocular surgery, etc. The initial symptoms for Retinal detachment are floaters or flashing lights. To diagnose Retinal Detachment, the doctor uses retinal examination in which an instrument with a bright light and lenses are used to examine the back of the eye including the retina. This instrument helps in providing a highly detailed view of the whole eye including the retinal tears, holes, or detachments.
There are different types of Retinal Detachment Surgeries:
- Vitrectomy: The surgical removal of vitreous humor from the eyeball.
- Scleral buckle surgery: The surgical correction of the sclera of the eyeball.
- Pneumatic Retinopexy: This is a surgical procedure used to repair rhegmatogenous retinal detachments.
There are various methods by which Retinal Detachment surgery is performed. They are:
- Indenting the eye surface
- Injecting air or gas into the eye
- Draining or replacing the fluid in the eye
What are the advantages of Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The advantage of Retinal Detachment Surgery is that it prevents permanent vision loss. Although it cannot completely recover the lost vision.
What are the indications of Retinal Detachment Surgery?
Retinal Detachment Surgery is indicated to correct the retinal detachment. The retinal detachment can only be treated with the surgery.
What is the preparation for Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The following are the preparation steps for Retinal Detachment Surgery:
- Discuss with your surgeon regarding all the benefits, risks, and complications involved with the surgery.
- If you are using any soft contact lenses then they must be removed at least a week prior to the surgery.
- Avoid having food for at least 6 hours before the surgery. This way the risk of inhaling stomach contents into the lungs will be reduced.
- Also, avoid applying any creams or makeup on the day of surgery.
- Take all the medications as instructed by your doctor.
- Don't read, write, or use a mobile phone, or computer for about 30 minutes prior to the test.
What is the post-surgery care/recovery care for Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The following are the post-care steps to be followed after the Retinal Detachment Surgery:
- Do not let soap come into contact with your eyes.
- Do not use lotions, creams, make-up, etc around the operated area.
- Avoid going for a swim after the surgery at least for a week.
- Do not lift weights or play sports like tennis and racquetball for next one week after the surgery.
- Avoid going to crowded places and dusty areas to reduce complications after the surgery.
- Use sunglasses while going out to protect eyes from direct sunlight and sensitivity to light.
- Follow all the instructions given by your doctor.
- There should be follow-up visits to your doctor after this surgery, after two days, the following week, and then again after a month to monitor the eye.
Who can perform Retinal Detachment Surgery [Right specialist for Retinal Detachment Surgery]?
Retinal Detachment Surgery can be performed by a certified and skilled Ophthalmologist who is well experienced in this surgery.
What is the cost of Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The following are the factors which determine the cost of the Retinal Detachment Surgery in Bangalore:
- Type of the hospital
- Doctor's consultation charge
- Admission cost
- Type of procedure
- Age of the patient
- The medical condition of the patient
- Post-surgical complications
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, scanning, etc
Minimum amount to be paid in Chennai starts from Rs.57,000
Average charges in Chennai is approximately Rs.95,000
Maximum cost in Chennai rises up to Rs.1,42,500
Is Retinal Detachment Surgery a major surgery or minor surgery?
Minor or major surgery depends on the type of procedure or age of the patient or the medical condition of the patient.
What is the eligibility criteria for Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The eligibility criteria for Retinal Detachment surgery is if the vision is impaired and cannot be treated with other treatments.
What is the ineligibility criteria for Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The ineligibility criteria for Retinal Detachment Surgery are:
- Individuals below 18 years old [Depends on the severity of the eyesight]
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with poor health or immune system
What are the risks and complications associated with Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The following are the risks involved with Retinal Detachment Surgery:
- Increase in ocular pressure
- The detachment that is not fixed completely
- Reaction to medicines
How long does it take to complete Retinal Detachment Surgery?
Retinal Detachment Surgery may take one to two hours.
What is the recovery time?
Retinal Detachment Surgery recovery may take 2 to 4 weeks depending on the type of surgery.
What is the success rate of Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The success rate of Retinal Detachment Surgery is around 85%.
Is Retinal Detachment Surgery painful?
Every surgery comes with a certain level of pain and discomfort. There may be some pain in the eye and the vision may be blurry for a few days after the surgery.
Is Retinal Detachment Surgery permanent?
Retinal Detachment Surgery is permanent as it prevents permanent vision loss and the retinal detachment is corrected.
What are the long-term results of Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The long-term effect of Retinal Detachment Surgery is decreasing visual acuity. This may be due to cataract or macular degeneration.
What are the options if Retinal Detachment Surgery fails?
If the Retinal Detachment Surgery fails then the doctor may suggest for the revision surgery.
What are the alternatives for Retinal Detachment Surgery?
The alternative for Retinal Detachment Surgery is episcleral macular buckling (EMB).