Retina Surgery FAQs

Retina surgery is an eye care procedure for treating problems associated with the retina, such as a retinal tear, detachment, and macular degeneration. We offer multiple retinal surgery options for every specific condition at Lavenburg Medical Group in Newark, DE, Elkton, MD, and Wilmington, DE. If you are considering retina surgery, here are answers to some questions you may have.

What is retina surgery?

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the inside of your eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to your brain. Surgery on the retina is performed when there's a problem with the retina that you cannot be treated with any other methods.

Who needs retina surgery?

Retina problems that commonly need surgery include retinal detachments, macular holes, and retina tears. Less common problems are tumors on the retina, bleeding inside the eye, and swelling of the retina.

What are the different types of retina surgery?

There are many different types of retina surgery grouped into two main categories: procedures that deal with retinal detachments and procedures that deal with other retina problems. Procedures that deal with retinal detachments include pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, vitrectomy, and gas or silicone oil tamponade. Procedures that deal with other retina problems include photocoagulation and laser therapy to treat macular holes and tears of the retina, while laser surgery treats tumors on the retina.

Who treats retina problems?

Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in surgical procedures involving the eyes. Retina problems usually need to be treated by an ophthalmology specialist. Ophthalmology is a medical specialty that involves diagnosing and treating ocular diseases, including retina conditions. Ophthalmologists can provide medical care for eye problems and perform eye surgery.

What should I expect during retina surgery?

During the process, your ophthalmologist will numb your eye so you won't feel pain. Most retina surgeries are performed using an operating microscope. The ophthalmologist will make a tiny incision in your retina and remove the scar tissue.

What will happen after my retina surgery?

After most retina surgeries, you will be watched in a recovery room for a few hours before being sent home. Your ophthalmologist will provide directions to follow for postoperative ophthalmology care, ocular restrictions, specific medications, and a follow-up consultation to ensure everything is functioning properly.

Visit Us for a Safe and Effective Retinal Surgery

Retina surgery is an effective procedure for correcting retinal problems and improving your sight. For a safe surgery from an experienced ophthalmologist, contact us at Lavenburg Medical Group by calling (302) 993-0722 today. Learn more about how we help patients in Newark, DE, Elkton, MD, and Wilmington, DE.

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