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Retinal Detachment

What is Retinal Detachment?

Retinal Detachment occurs when the retina separates from its supporting tissue, leading to severe vision loss and blindness. It happens due to retinal tears, breaks, inflammation, or trauma and requires immediate medical attention.


How to know if your Retina is detached

Brief flashes of light in the peripheral vision

Sudden increase in floaters

Ring of floaters

Sensation of veil-like or curtain over vision

Distorted vision

Central visual loss

Risk Factors

Common risk factors of Retinal Detachment

  • People who had previous Retinal Detachment in one eye
  • Prior eye surgeries, such as cataract removal or refractive surgery
  • Elderly people
  • Severe eye trauma
  • Family history of Retinal Detachment
  • High myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Eye disorders like uveitis, lattice degeneration, or retinoschisis

Treatments Available

Here’s how our experts treat it

At Vasan, once the diagnosis is made, the doctor recommends retinal surgeries depending on the type and severity of the detachment. The treatments include:


Cryopexy repairs retinal tears by applying intense cold therapy to the back of the eye using a specialised probe, which creates scar tissue around the tear.

Pneumatic Retinopexy

This process involves using gas or air bubble injection into the vitreous cavity that pushes against the retinal hole, stopping fluid flow and allowing the retina to reattach.

Scleral Buckling

Scleral buckling involves securing a piece of silicone band or sponge to the sclera, the white part of your eye. This action helps reattach the retina by pushing it back into its supportive tissues.


Vitrectomy is an advanced surgery done by our specialists to remove the gel-like substance called ‘vitreous humour’ from inside your eye. This helps them get better access to your retina.

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There are many causes of Retinal Detachment, but the most common causes are pre-existing retinal weak areas,  eye trauma/prior eye surgery, high myopia or ageing.

Yes. Retinal detachment surgery involves reattaching the retina to the back of the eye and sealing any breaks or holes. The treatment has a high success rate if treated in time.

Various tests to identify detached retinas in your eyes like:

  • Dilated exams
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT)


Following a thorough evaluation, the doctor recommends suitable options for Retinal Detachment eye surgery.

Retinal Detachment surgery is done under local anaesthesia. While pain may not be immediately felt, mild symptoms could be experienced at a later time.

Following Retinal Detachment surgery, it’s necessary to rest for a few days to weeks to ensure complete eye recovery. Consult your doctor regarding any dietary adjustments for optimal nutrition during the recovery period.

After Retinal Detachment surgery, follow these guidelines for a smoother recovery:

  • Avoid heavy physical activities post-surgery.
  • Position your head as instructed by your eye care provider.
  • Wear protective glasses to shield your eyes from potential harm.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes unnecessarily to prevent infection.
  • Follow the prescribed eye drops for faster healing.

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Retinopathy Prematurity

Retinopathy Prematurity (ROP) is an eye condition occurring in premature infants, where abnormal blood vessels grow in the retina, potentially resulting in blindness.

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