Retinal Detachment Repair: 5 Tips for Quick Recovery
Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition characterized by a halt in oxygen supply to the retina. The symptoms of this condition may range from a grey veil appearing to move across your field of vision to strange objects that appear to be floating across your eye etc.
Early treatments are necessary for retinal detachment. If the treatments are delayed, there is a massive risk of loss of vision.
Therefore, if you notice the symptoms in you or your loved one, be sure to contact a qualified ophthalmologist for immediate medical care.Asia Retina - Eye specialist (Ophthalmologist) in Singapore, Dr. Claudine Pang helps patients undergo retinal detachment repair to salvage circulation to the retina and most importantly preserve vision.
How is Retinal Detachment Repair Done?
Many surgical procedures can be done to repair a detached retina. Usually, the specific procedure your ophthalmologist will choose will majorly depend on the type of, and the severity of retinal detachment that’s being treated.
If you’ve suffered a mild retinal tear, laser treatment or a procedure known as cryotherapy may be recommendable for you. Alternatively, your ophthalmologist may use a procedure known as pneumatic retinopexy for your treatment.
For this treatment, the eye specialist will inject a gas bubble into your eye. The gas bubble will in turn press against the detached retina, pushing it back in its place in the process.
If you had a more serious retinal tear, a retinal detachment repair procedure known as the scleral buckle might be appropriate. For this treatment, the eye physician will fit a flexible band around your eye to annul the force responsible for your retina being pulled out of place.
If you had a severe or near-fatal retinal detachment, a vitrectomy procedure might be necessary. In this procedure, the ophthalmologist may partially drain the vitreous fluid inside your eye.
What can you not do after a Retinal Detachment Repair?
Recovery from a retinal detachment surgery typically takes between one and two weeks. You must give your eyes enough time to heal.
With that being said, there are a few critical measures that you’ll need to follow to ensure a swift recovery. If you had a gas bubble inserted into your eye to correct this defect, you would need to spend most of your recovery time facedown.
You can always use the facedown apparatus (if you can find one) to help with your facedown position. On the same note, it is also recommendable that you do not watch the TV, drive and engage in any heavy lifting or bending job.
You should also avoid flying as you recover since it may contribute to gas expansion in your eyes, and this may only end up causing more dire vision complications, including blindness in extreme scenarios. If your job is majorly non-active, you should be able to get back to work after around two weeks.
Here are five more tips to Recover Fast after a Retinal Detachment Repair
· Use of Protective Eye-guard
Typically, your ophthalmologist will prescribe a protective eye-guard to use as you recover. You should use this guard for at least seven days. Always use your protective eye-guard in line with the eye specialist’s guidelines to avoid any disruptions that may slow down the recovery process of the incisions that may have been made during surgery.
· Wear your Green Bracelet until you Recover
You should also expect a green bracelet from your ophthalmologist after your surgery. We acknowledge that it may be tempting to remove it.
Try to resist that urge and keep it on until you recover fully. That bracelet has valuable information that other doctors may need to know if they may need to treat you with any anesthetics.
· Maintain Medication
Your ophthalmologist will also prescribe eye drops medications that you will need to use to fight off bacterial infections and inflammations continually. It is important that you continue using them and if anything happens like misplacing a medication, be sure to inform the eye specialist so appropriate measures may be taken early.
· Observe Hygiene
It is crucial that you keep off any contamination agent that may come in contact with your eyes when still recovering. With that being said, you must ensure that your hands are always clean when handling patches of the treated area. Importantly, you will also need to observe high hygiene standards when using the eye drops and any other medications that your ophthalmologist may have prescribed.
Note that this isn’t an instant fix. Instead, it’s a medical procedure that will demand a bit of patience before you can resume normal activities. Since the gas bubble is still in your eye vision, you will experience reduced vision.
It would be best if you didn’t panic but stay calm. The gas will gradually dissipate, and you’ll also regain your vision slowly. Importantly, be sure to keep off any activity that may directly or indirectly affect your healing process.
Retinal detachment is a common problem but one of the worst vision issues you can think of. Fortunately enough, early treatments can help you not run it to the dire consequences that may come with it. If you have any inquiries about retinal detachment repair in Singapore, contact us today, and we’ll be glad to guide you in the right way.