La Mesa Retinal Detachment Treatment

Retinal detachment is one of the most serious conditions that we treat at California Retina Associates. The retina is a thin layer of cells at the back of the eye that sends information to the brain. Sometimes, the retina can develop a hole or tear, and the layer of cells can separate from the back wall of the eye (imaging a piece of wallpaper peeling off a wall). This separation is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment to prevent irreversible vision loss.

If you experience any symptoms of retinal detachment, including a sudden increase in floaters, flashing lights or a shadow or curtain in your peripheral vision, we encourage you to call us immediately or go straight to the emergency room.

Our La Mesa retinal detachment treatment team is focused on reattaching the retina to the back wall of the eye and closing any holes or tears that have caused the retina to separate. We can accomplish this through several types of treatment.

Scleral Buckle

Scleral buckle surgery involves placing a tiny silicone band outside the eye wall to gently push it toward the retina and help the retina stay in place. A freezing probe may be used to seal the retina to the wall of the eye. If there is fluid underneath the retina, it can be removed at the time of scleral buckle surgery.

Pneumatic Retinopexy

Pneumatic retinopexy involves injecting an expanding gas bubble into the vitreous of the eye. The bubble floats over the detached portion of the retina, pushing it against the back wall of the eye in its normal position. Unlike other treatments for retinal detachment, pneumatic retinopexy can typically be done in an office setting. A freezing treatment or laser can be used to seal the retinal tear. It’s critical for the patient to hold their head in a specific position for several hours after surgery to reduce the risk of complications. The gas bubble eventually disappears.


Retinal tears that are more complicated in nature may require a vitrectomy procedure. Our doctors will remove the clear, jelly-like vitreous gel that fills the inside of the eye. Along with the vitreous, they will remove blood and scar tissue that has contributed to retinal detachment. Then, they will inject a gas bubble or silicone oil into the vitreous, which helps push the retina back into its proper position.

Retinal Detachment Treatment Santee, El Cajon, and Spring Valley

Our La Mesa retinal detachment team will review the procedure or combination of procedures that is most appropriate for your case. We will outline the benefits, risks and possible side effects of each option. We will discuss when and where the procedure is performed, and what to expect on the day of the procedure. We can also explain the expected results.

If you are experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment, and live in one of the following communities, please contact California Retina Associates today:

  • Lake Murray
  • Rolando Park
  • Allied Gardens
  • Lemon Grove
  • Fletcher Hills
  • El Cajon
  • Mount Helix
  • Grossmont
  • Del Cerro
  • College Area
  • Spring Valley
  • Rancho San Diego
  • Casa De Oro
  • Santee
  • San Carlos
  • Granite Hills
  • Lakeside
  • Mission Trails

We have an office conveniently located in La Mesa to handle all of your treatment needs. Call or email us today to make an appointment.