Retinal Detachment: Care Instructions

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Anatomy of the eye

Your Care Instructions

The retina is a thin nerve membrane in the back of your eye. It detects light entering the eye. Then it sends signals to your brain about what the eye sees.

Retinal detachment means the retina has separated from the wall of the eye. This can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.

Surgery can reattach your retina. The sooner it's done, the better chance you'll be able to see well again.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Follow any instructions your doctor gave you. You may need to rest and sleep with your head in a certain position. You may also need to wear an eye patch or use eyedrops.
  • Your doctor may advise you not to travel by plane until your eye is healed. This is because the changes in air pressure may cause pain and affect your eye.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have vision changes.
  • You see new flashes of light.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • You see new or worse floaters.
  • You do not get better as expected.

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Current as of: December 3, 2017