Prognosis Following Retinal Tear Laser Surgery

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Retinal tear surgery can be done by laser or by cryotherapy. Both procedures seal the lifted piece of retina back to the wall of the eye by causing a scar to form. Laser repair is less irritating to the eye, according to the Mayo Clinic. Prognosis depends on the degree and cause of the tear.

Immediately after Surgery

  • Vision from laser may be decreased from the bright light for 10 to 15 minutes. There may be mild discomfort. Vision will be blurry.

Several Months afer Surgery

  • Vision could remain blurry for a long time after laser surgery. Depending on where the tear was, you could have a blind spot.

Side Effects

  • Light sensitivity and night blindness are common after laser surgery. Floaters may be seen initially from debris in the vitreous.

Complications

  • As with any medical procedure, there may be complications. Bleeding could occur, or a large scar could form. Blurry vision could be permanent. Pressure in the eye could rise to dangerous levels.

Recovery

  • Repair of retinal tears is generally very successful. Vision recovery depends on retinal problems that existed before the tear or that caused the tear.

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