There are several types of retinal surgeries, including:
- Vitrectomy: This is a procedure to remove the vitreous gel inside the eye and replace it with a clear solution to treat conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, and macular holes.
- Retinal detachment repair: This procedure involves reattaching the retina to the back of the eye, often through a combination of laser or freezing therapy (cryotherapy) and a vitrectomy.
- Macular hole surgery: This procedure involves repairing a hole in the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision, typically through a vitrectomy.
- Diabetic retinopathy surgery: This procedure is used to treat diabetic retinopathy, a condition caused by damage to the blood vessels in the retina. It may involve laser therapy, cryotherapy, or a vitrectomy.
- Epiretinal membrane peel: This procedure involves removing a thin, fibrous membrane that has formed over the retina, often causing vision loss. It is performed during a vitrectomy.
- Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) transplant: This is a relatively new procedure used to treat age-related macular degeneration, which involves transplanting healthy RPE cells into the eye to replace damaged cells.
It’s important to note that not all retinal conditions require surgery and that the type of surgery performed will depend on the specific condition and its severity. Your ophthalmologist can advise you on the best course of treatment for your individual case.Regenerate response
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