I have been researching Scleral buckle surgery for my husband.
His history - At the end of March he was diagnosed with a retinal tear in the left eye and some scarring due to previous tears that were not diagnosed. He has a small tear in the right eye also but has been asymptomatic. His retinal specialist wants to do the scleral buckling on the left eye with laser surgery on the right at the same time. He has been wearing glasses since he was a child due to extreme nearsightedness.
He is not confident about having the surgery done as he isn't sure about going through it all with no improvement in vision. He is not in pain, just doesn't see well out of the left eye. (Says the right eye seems to have improved since the left eye vision has gotten worse)
What are some questions we should ask the Dr? Are there other treatment options that would offer greater success?
I would suggest you get a second opinion from a retina specialist. Find one near you at www.geteyesmart.org Use the search feature and archives to read about scleral buckle surgery. Normally SB only done for large retinal detachments. Smaller holes usually closed if necessary by laser or freezing (cryotherapy). Many retinal detachments are not closed without SB by using intraocular gas.
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