Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment


The retina is the layer in the back of your eye that sends light and images to your brain. If something should happen to this layer, such as it becoming detached or tearing, this could cause vision problems. The cause of a retinal detachment or tear is usually due to the vitreous in the eye pulling away from its normal position. It’s best to call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you notice any symptoms including:


Flashes of lights;


New floaters;


A shadow or “curtain” that appears in your field of vision.


Treatment for a retinal tears usually involve laser procedures. However if surgery is needed, either a sclera buckle or pneumatic retinopexy will be performed. The two videos below describe the procedure.





Treatment for detachments will usually require hospital surgery. The most common procedure for a detached retina is called vitrectomy. Vit=vitreous in your eye and –ectomy=removal. Therefore vitrectomy means to “take out the vitreous.” By removing the vitreous that is pulling on the retina and replacing the fluid with a gas or oil bubble, it allows the retina to heal. If a gas bubble is used, the body’s own fluid will replace the gas over time. HowHO However, if an oil bubble is used, surgery must be performed again to take the oil out. Depending on your situation, Dr. Drouilhet will advise you on the best procedure for you.


Please keep in mind that these procedures are sometimes combined. For instance, you may have a pneumatic retinopexy and vitrectomy surgery together.


The video below describes how vitrectomy surgery is performed.