Scleral Buckling in Pune
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Dr. Aditya Raut M.B.B.S D.O.MS
Updated on Mar 08  •  2 mins read
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What is Scleral Buckling

Scleral Buckling is a type of surgery used to repair a retinal detachment.Scleral Buckling is a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure, usually lasting between one and two hours.

During the procedure, a small band or buckle is placed around the eye, pressing the sclera (the white outer wall of the eye) towards the inside of the eye.The buckle helps to close any breaks in the retina, which can allow fluid to accumulate and cause a detachment.

The buckle is tied around the eye and held in place with tiny absorbable stitches, which will eventually dissolve.In some cases, a gas bubble is also injected into the eye, to provide additional support and help the retina reattach.

After the procedure, the eye may be patched for a few days, and the patient will need to wear an eye shield at night for several weeks.Scleral Buckling is successful in most cases, but it is important to follow up with your doctor to ensure the retina has reattached.

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Am I eligible for Scleral Buckling

  1. Have you had any previous eye surgery?
  2. Are you 18 years or older?
  3. Are you experiencing a detached retina?
  4. Is the detachment in the posterior pole?
  5. Do you have a healthy vitreous and retina?

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Causes of Scleral Buckling

  1. Retinal Detachment: Scleral buckling is used to repair a retinal detachment by applying pressure to the sclera to close any breaks in the retina.
  2. Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy (PVR): PVR is a condition in which fibrous tissue grows on the retina, causing it to detach from the back of the eye. Scleral buckling can be used to reattach the retina and reduce the risk of further complications.
  3. Macular Hole: A macular hole is a small tear in the macula, the center of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision. Scleral buckling can be used to close the hole and improve vision.
  4. Trauma: Trauma to the eye can cause a retinal detachment or a tear in the retina. Scleral buckling can be used to repair the damage and prevent further complications.
  5. Diabetic Retinopathy: In some cases of diabetic retinopathy, a scleral buckle can be used to reduce the risk of retinal detachment.

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Risks involved in Scleral Buckling

  1. Infection
  2. Retinal detachment
  3. Intraocular bleeding
  4. Damage to the lens
  5. Double vision or vision loss

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Is there any option other than Scleral Buckling

  1. Laser photocoagulation: This involves using a laser to seal leaking blood vessels in the back of the eye.
  2. Anti-VEGF injections: Anti-VEGF injections are used to reduce swelling and block new blood vessel formation in the back of the eye.
  3. Vitrectomy: This involves the removal of the vitreous gel from the eye to reduce traction and pressure.
  4. Ocular implants: These are tiny implants placed in the eye to reduce retinal detachment and improve vision.
  5. Retinal detachment surgery: This is an outpatient procedure that involves sealing the detached retina back onto the back wall of the eye.

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  1. Before the Surgery
    1. Stop taking all medications that can increase the risk of bleeding, such as blood thinners and ibuprofen, two weeks prior to the surgery.
    2. Complete all necessary pre-operative tests, such as a blood test, an eye exam, and an EKG.
    3. Arrange for a ride home from the hospital following the surgery.
    4. Avoid wearing contact lenses for at least one week prior to the surgery.
    5. Follow the doctor's instructions for any pre-operative eye drops or other medications.
  2. After the Surgery
    1. Follow the doctor's instructions for taking any medications, such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs.
    2. Follow the doctor's instructions for any activity restrictions, such as avoiding lifting heavy items or straining.
    3. Clean the eye area around the wound regularly with a sterile, damp cloth.
    4. Wear protective eye wear, such as sunglasses, when outdoors.
    5. Schedule regular follow-up appointments with your eye doctor to monitor healing and vision.

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Reviewed By

Dr.Aditya Raut, MBBS, DOMS, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon, with experience of over 3000 cataract surgeries.

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Article Reviewed by Dr. Aditya Raut M.B.B.S D.O.MS Cataract Lasik and refractive surgeon
Specialist in number reduction surgery, Refractive Lens exchange and ICL surgery.

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