About Pneumatic Retinopexy
Pneumatic retinopexy (PR) is an office-based procedure that can be used to treat some cases of retinal detachment. It involves using a laser (photocoagulation) or cryopexy (freezing therapy) to seal a retinal tear as well as injecting a small gas bubble into the eye to help the retina reattach and heal.
Our Retina Consultants of Houston physicians are experienced in performing pneumatic retinopexy, and it can be a less invasive treatment option (no incision required) for some retinal detachment patients. It is usually not an option for more complicated cases, which may require vitrectomy or scleral buckle surgery. Your retina physician will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your specific condition.
Our retina physicians perform pneumatic retinopexy in our office. We will begin by applying eye drops to dilate and numb your eye. Once numb, your doctor will inject a gas bubble into the area near your retina. Then, using a laser or cryopexy (freezing therapy), your surgeon will seal the affected area of your retina.
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After your pneumatic retinopexy procedure, we will provide specific care instructions. You may need to use antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection. You may also need to wear an eye patch for a day or two. It is normal to feel mild discomfort in the treated eye. We will also provide you specific instructions for positioning and sleeping to ensure the inserted gas bubble is kept in the proper position for healing.
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To learn more about the specifics of pneumatic retinopexy, we invite you to call any of our Houston, TX locations for a consultation. We would be happy to answer your questions and explain details of this treatment to you. Our board-certified retina surgeons were trained at the top ophthalmology schools in the country, and you will be in great hands under our care.