In certain cases of a retinal detachment a procedure called a pneumatic retinopexy may be an option.
In this office procedure, a gas bubble is injected into the eye and used to cover the break in the retina. In small detachments, a freezing treatment done before the injection of the gas helps to keep the retina attached.
If the detachment is large, a so-called "steamroller" technique can be used. In this variation, the gas bubble is used to force fluid from behind the retina out of the break. At some later date, laser is used to close the break.
As with any procedure, discuss all of the option and their risks, such as scleral buckle procedure and vitrectomy surgery.
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