Scleral Buckling

Connecticut Retina Consultants

Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in New Haven, CT & Fairfield County, CT

If you have a detached retina, you may be a candidate for scleral buckling surgery to restore your vision. At Connecticut Retina Consultants, with locations in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut, the expert ophthalmologists are experienced at providing this surgery. If you have symptoms of a detached retina, consult the location nearest you to get this surgery or other treatment. Call for an appointment.

Scleral Buckling Q & A

What is scleral buckling?

Scleral buckling is an eye surgery used to correct a detached retina. A retinal detachment happens when a part of your retina, the light-receiving area of your eye, separates from the rest of your retina and eye. You experience partial or full loss of vision.

The scleral buckling procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Your surgeon exposes your eyeball and uses a freezing instrument to reseal the retina and then uses a small device, known as a scleral buckle, to hold your retina in place.

Who is a candidate for scleral buckling?

Anyone who has had a retinal detachment may be a candidate for scleral buckling. You’re more likely to have a detached retina if you:

  • Are nearsighted
  • Have other eye disorders, like uveitis
  • Are of advanced age
  • Have had previous cataract surgery
  • Have diabetes

A retinal detachment usually happens spontaneously, but sometimes trauma can cause it to occur.

What happens during scleral buckling?

You receive local or general anesthesia and have your eyes dilated. The surgeon makes an incision in the outer layer of your eye and uses a special scope to view your retina. They then reseal your retina, usually with a freezing device. The surgeon then places a small band around the outside of your eyeball to ensure your retina stays in place. Any fluid underneath the retina is drained.

You’re sent home with a patch on the affected eye, usually the same day. You need someone to transport you. The doctors may prescribe antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection. Plan to wear the eyepatch for a few days and use over-the-counter pain medications to relieve any soreness.

The team schedules follow-up care soon after the surgery to ensure it was effective, possibly even the day after the procedure. If you experience decreasing vision, increasing pain, or swelling around your eye, alert the doctors at Connecticut Retina Consultants immediately.

If you have symptoms that make you suspect that you’ve experienced a retinal detachment, call Connecticut Retina Consultants at one of their five convenient locations right away. A scleral buckling procedure may be required immediately.