Vision could be saved with retinal re-attachment surgery

Vision could be saved with retinal re-attachment surgery

Retinal detachment, which causes thousands of people to lose part of their vision or go blind each year, could be reversed using surgery, according to a new report.

Ophthalmologist Dr Donald D"Amico, from the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Centre, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine his research reveals there is a good chance any one of three surgical techniques could rectify this problem.

"Although no randomised trials have been conducted that show definitively that one procedure is best for every situation, improvements in these surgical techniques have led to effective treatments for most patients," he concluded.

Retinal detachment is uncommon and happens more frequently in adults over the age of 60, but can also be experienced by people who are short-sighted.

Symptoms include light flashes and seeing "floaters". Surgery is the only treatment and Dr D"Amico named three - scleral buckling, pneumatic retinopexy and vitrectomy.

People are advised to see their optician at least once every two years, especially if they wear contact lenses or glasses to correct short-sightedness or any other problem.

by Adrian Galbreth

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