If you had laser surgery or cryopexy, you should be able to resume normal activities within days, but you should take care not to do anything too strenuous until your eye has healed.
If you had retinal reattachment surgery, you can expect to return to work and many other normal activities within two weeks.
Can a retinal tear heal on its own?
Not all retinal tears require treatment. When low-risk tears are identified in patients who have no symptoms, these tears can be observed without treatment. Some tears “treat themselves,” meaning they develop adhesion around the tear without treatment, and these situations can be followed without treatment as well.
What causes a retinal tear?
It happens when inflammation, vascular abnormalities, or injury cause fluid to build up under the retina. There is no hole, break, or tear. Tractional retinal detachment is when an injury, inflammation, or neovascularization causes the fibrovascular tissue to pull the sensory retina from the retinal pigment epithelium.
How serious is a retinal tear?
The retina is very thin, and a tear in it is a very serious and potentially blinding problem. If you develop a retinal tear, it can allow for fluid to enter beneath the retina and cause a retinal detachment. Common symptoms of a retinal tear include the sensation of flashes of light in the eye and floaters.
Is retinal laser surgery painful?
During treatment, you will see bright flashes of light. Laser treatment is almost always painless. Pain: Most patients have little if any pain following retinal laser surgery. Patients who require more extensive laser may have an ache inside the eye or around the eye.