Retinal detachments are a potentially sight threatening condition that often requires urgent surgery or laser.
Patients describe noticing flashes and floaters or a curtain like shadow coming across their vision.
The risk of getting a retinal detachment is about 1 in 10,000 but this risk is about 5 times greater for people who are short-sighted (myopic).
There are several methods of surgery to treat retinal detachments and your ophthalmologist will discuss the most appropriate option at your clinic appointment.
It is imperative that you get your eyes assessed urgently if you believe you may have symptoms suggestive of a retinal detachment.
What to expect when considering retinal detachment surgery:
- Surgery time is likely to be between 60-90 minutes
- It is a day hospital procedure
- Recovery/time off work is between 4-8 weeks
- You will be reasonably mobile after 1 day
- Exercise limitations to be practiced for 4-8 weeks
- Avoid driving for 2-8 weeks
- Pat dry, and keep out for a direct shower for 3 days