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Pneumatic Retinopexy
Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange

This outpatient procedure, performed under local anesthetic, is most commonly used to treat a detached retina on the upper half of the eye.

The eye is numbed, and the area around the eye is cleaned.

1. Softening the Eye
A small amount of fluid is withdrawn from the anterior chamber to create some space inside the eye.

2. Injecting the Bubble
The physician injects a bubble of gas into the eye`s rear chamber. The bubble expands and floats to the top of the eye, pressing against the detached retina.

3. Treating the tear
The tear in the retina is treated with laser therapy (shown) or cryopexy (a freezing process, not shown). Both methods cause scar tissue to form, sealing the hold to prevent fluid from leaking into the space behind the retina.

End of Procedure/After Care
The bubble will disappear in one to two weeks. During this time, the patient must avoid airplane travel. High altitudes could cause the gas bubble to expand, creating dangerous pressure in the eye.