Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Retinal Detachment Treatment

The most common treatment for retinal detachment includes:

  • Laser therapy for retinal detachment:
    • A laser creates a scar that re-attaches the torn retina to the underlying tissue.
  • Cryopexy for retinal detachment:
    • Freezing the torn piece of retina creates a scar that re-attaches the retina to the underlying tissue.

Additional surgical treatment for retinal detachment includes:
  • Pneumatic retinopexy for retinal detachment
  • Scleral buckling for retinal detachment
  • Vitrectomy for retinal detachment

Retinal Detachment Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of retinal detachment.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having retinal detachment again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Retinal Detachment Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat retinal detachment:

Continue to Retinal Detachment Home Care

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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