A retinal detachment is very serious for an adult, but can be even more so for your child. It should be treated quickly. And ideally, eye care should be administered by a specialist. Here at The Retina Group of Washington, that’s what we are. You can be assured that your child will receive expert attention.
In some cases, the retina will only be torn, and that can be addressed more simply. For juvenile retinal detachment, our children’s ophthalmologist in Bethesda will need to do a procedure, or possibly more than one. Pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, and vitrectomy are all effective, but the choice of which of them is best suited to your child’s unique circumstances will be made based on various factors, including what part of the retina has become detached. With retinopexy, a bubble of gas is injected into the middle of your child’s eye, which then pressed on the retina. Photocoagulation will then seal the retina back in, using laser technology. The bubble remains in place for a period of one to three weeks until the bond is secure and our children’s’ ophthalmologist in Bethesda can be certain that your child’s retina is reliably reattached. Another procedure, which is called scleral buckle, is done by placing plastic or another flexible material over the white of your child’s eye. It is then sewed on so that it will exert the necessary pressure to flatten the retina back against the wall of the eye. Vitrectomy is the removal of the vitreous gel form the eye. Typically, it is only performed when there is bleeding in the retina.
The goal of our children’s ophthalmologist in Bethesda, of course, is to repair the detached retina and restore full functionality and vision to the damaged eye. When such an injury has occurred, it is best to act quickly. Call our office and we will schedule a prompt appointment for your child.