The surgical repair of retinal detachments is successful in about 85% of patients with a single vitrectomy or scleral buckle procedure.
With additional surgery, over 95% of retinas are reattached successfully.
What is the success rate of a vitrectomy?
Vitrectomy procedures are an effective surgery and severe complications are rare. According to the American Society of Retina Specialists, most surgeries have a 90 percent success rate.
How quickly does retinal detachment progress?
Most retinal detachments progress to total retinal detachments and complete loss of vision. If the retina is not re-attached promptly (usually less than a week after macular detachment), then visual recovery is progressively affected.
Are you put to sleep for retinal detachment surgery?
It is typically performed the under local anesthesia so that you are awake and comfortable during the procedure and have minimal complications from anesthesia postoperatively. If you are awake, it is very important for you stay still during surgery.
Can you go blind from a detached retina?
A detached retina occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position in the back of the eye. The retina sends visual images to the brain through the optic nerve. When detachment occurs, vision is blurred. A detached retina is a serious problem that can cause blindness unless it is treated.