Retinal Tear, Tampa RetinaApril 30, 2024
What are Treatments for a Retinal Tear?

What are Treatments for a Retinal Tear?

  • The goal for treating retinal tears is to form a seal surrounding the break, thereby reducing the chance of the break resulting in a retinal detachment.
  • Laser treatment:
    • This is a minimally invasive procedure where laser scars are formed around the retinal break, effectively welding the retina to the underlying tissue. This reduces the chance of the break leading to a detachment and vision loss.
    • The laser is delivered through a special lens.
  • Cryotherapy treatment:
    • Minimally invasive procedure that uses a freezing probe, placed on the eye surrounding the retinal tear.
    • The freeze triggers scar tissue formation surrounding the retinal tear.

What should I expect following treatment of a retinal tear?

  • The treatment of a retinal tear is done in an outpatient setting.
  • Your vision is typically blurry immediately following the laser or cryotherapy treatment but typically returns to baseline by the next day.
  • You may experience some redness or pain but that usually subsides in a few days.

Key Takeaways

  • Early detection and treatment of a retinal tear can prevent a detachment and safeguard your vision.
  • Laser therapy and cryotherapy are minimally invasive treatments that are performed in an outpatient setting to treat a retinal tear.

The doctors at Retina Associates of Florida provide the latest diagnostic and treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in their Tampa, Brandon and Lakeland offices.

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