Pneumatic Retinopexy in Pasadena, California
Treating Retinal Detachments in Pasadena, West Covina, Whittier, and Pomona.
If your retina has become detached, a pneumatic retinopexy might be needed. We can perform this procedure at California Oculoplastics and Retina in order to repair the detached retina and help to restore vision. To provide some clarity on what exactly a retina is, it is located at the back of the eye and contains light-sensitive cells, rods, and cones. The brain uses the signals from the retina to interpret what is being seen.
What is A Retinal Detachment?
A retinal detachment occurs when part of the retina detaches from the inner wall of the eye. It is especially important to treat this issue early, as it can result in permanent vision loss if left untreated. Risk factors for detachments include aging, family history, nearsightedness, previous eye surgery, and previous eye injury.
Pneumatic Retinopexy – An Effective Solution
During a pneumatic retinopexy, we will essentially inject an expanding gas bubble into the eye with local anesthetics. The bubble will effectively cover the detached area and move it to its proper position towards the back of the eye. Next, we will use a freezing mechanism to seal the retina against the wall of the eye.
There are some risks that can be associated with this procedure, but we will walk you through those at your appointment and make sure that you receive the best care possible to minimize these risks.
Choosing The Right Ophthalmologist in Pasadena, CA
If a pneumatic retinopexy is deemed necessary for your retinal detachment, you can rest assured that we are taking the proper precautions in order to lessen your risk of infection. Additionally, the recovery process is not typically extensive and the procedure entails less discomfort than other operating room procedures.