About Scleral Buckle Surgery
Scleral buckle surgery is one of the methods our experienced surgeons at Retina Consultants of Houston use to repair a retinal detachment. It is performed in an operating room and involves placing a silicone band around the outside of the affected eye to provide permanent support to your retina. If you have a complicated tear, you may also need a vitrectomy.
You will receive either local or general anesthesia for your scleral buckle surgery. The affected eye will be dilated with eye drops. Then your surgeon will make an incision and place the scleral buckle on the outside of your eye to keep your retina in the proper position. Prior to placing the buckle, your surgeon may also perform cryopexy to seal your retina. Once complete, an antibiotic ointment may be applied to lower your risk of infection, and we will cover your eye with a sterile patch.
It is important to follow all of the after-care instructions our staff will provide to you before sending you home to recover. There can be some swelling, redness, and discomfort in the area during your recovery period. If you experience signs of infection, high fever, or excessive pain, please contact our office.
There is generally no need for a scleral buckle to be removed or replaced unless it causes an infection after placement. It can also change the shape of your eye, which may require an adjustment in your prescription glasses after surgery.