Among the very delicate parts of the eye the retina may be the most delicate and vulnerable structure. The eye’s retina is a very thin sheet of tissue against the back wall of the eye where images are focused before being sent to the brain. When the retina becomes detached or develops a tear our retina doctor in Rockville must repair it often using laser therapy or cryotherapy. When more serious detachments occur our doctors at the Retina Group of Washington will perform retina surgery. If the macula, the central part of the retina, detaches permanent damage to the patient’s vision may occur and if the retina completely detaches then vision may be lost permanently.
Our retina doctor in Rockville will evaluate the problem and can perform retina surgery to reattach the retina to the wall of the eye. Since a detached retina will lose blood flow so it is important that our doctor perform the reattachment surgery as quickly as possible. There are several different types of retina reattachment surgery depending on the type and severity of the detachment. One type of surgery is a pneumatic retinopexy, which entails our doctor injecting a gas bubble into the eye. The bubble presses against the detached retina and pushes it back into place. A laser or cryotherapy is then used to reattach the retina firmly into place. The gas bubble will dissolve in a few days. This procedure is done in our office.
When the retina is affected the goal of our retina doctor in Rockville is to restore vision whenever possible and in cases where restoration is not possible to stabilize the retina to prevent further deterioration of vision. If you experience any changes in vision please call our office immediately.