Chula Vista Retinal Detachment Treatment
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency in which the retina starts to peel away from its normal position along the back wall of the eye. The retina can become thin and develop a tear due to vitreous, or the clear jelly that fills the inside of the eye, tugging on the retina. As the vitreous gets inside the tear and collects under the retina, the retina can pull away from the underlying tissue. As this occurs, the blood vessels that nourish the retina are separated from it. If not treated, retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss.
California Retina Associates offers the complete diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment in Chula Vista and all surrounding South San Diego areas. We understand that in cases of retinal detachment, time is of the essence to protect your eyesight. Our world-class retinal specialists will work quickly to understand the problem and help you decide on the most appropriate treatment strategy. Most of the time, we can treat retinal detachment without causing any long-term visual impairment.
How Retinal Detachment Is Normally Treated
We can treat retinal detachment with the following procedures:
In a procedure called pneumatic retinopexy, we inject a small air or gas bubble into the center of the eye. The bubble should be carefully positioned so that it pushes the area of the retina containing any holes against the back wall of the eye; this prevents additional fluid from getting in the space behind the retina. Then, the retina can attach to the wall of the eye. Eventually, the bubble reabsorbs on its own.
Another treatment option is called a scleral buckle. In this procedure, we place a small synthetic band-like device to the outside of the eyeball to gentle press the wall of the eye against the retina. In cases of more extensive retinal detachment, a scleral buckle can be placed around the entire eye to hold the retina in place (usually permanently).
The third treatment option for retinal detachment is a procedure known as a vitrectomy. Sometimes vitrectomy is performed with the scleral buckle, and sometimes it is performed as a stand-alone procedure. During a vitrectomy, the entire vitreous is removed from the eye, along with tissue that pulls on the retina. Then, air, gas or oil is injected into the cavity where the vitreous was removed, to help flatten the retina against the back wall of the eye. Over time, the gas or air is absorbed and the eye cavity is eventually filled with the body’s own fluid. Silicone oil must be surgically removed at a later point.
Retinal detachment treatment in Chula Vista can often be performed on an outpatient basis, without requiring an overnight hospital stay. The recovery and associated limitations vary by patient and by procedure and can be discussed in consultation.
Comprehensive Retinal Detachment Treatment Imperial Beach, Eastlake and Bonita
The Chula Vista office of California Retina Associates serves the entire South Bay area of San Diego, including the following neighborhoods:
- Otay Ranch
- Rancho Del Ray
- Bella Lago
- Rolling Hills Ranch
- Eastlake Greens
- Yosemite Dr
- Eastlake Woods
- San Ysidro
- National City
- Bonita Long Canyon
- Paseo Ranchero
- Eastlake Trails
- Eastlake Vistas