RCA & the AAO Present Retina Detached Pneumatic Retinopexy
This is a technique for repairing certain types of retinal detachments that is performed in the office. It relies on an injection of a small amount of sterile gas into the vitreous cavity (center compartment of the eye). The gas bubble is positioned against the retinal tear responsible for the retinal detachment by holding the head in a specific position. This allows the retinal detachment to resolve. Laser or cryotherapy is also used to create a strong bond between the retina and wall of the eye, thereby sealing the retinal tear.
For best results, the patient must maintain the appropriate head position for several days. The gas will spontaneously resolve over the course of a few weeks. Patients with a gas bubble in the eye cannot travel in an airplane or to high altitudes due to the risk of severe pain and loss of vision.