Treatment of Retinal Detachment in Portland Maine

By Aaron Parnes, M.D.

The Vitreoretinal Surgeons at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland have extensive experience in all types of treatment for retinal detachment which they can perform in the Outpatient Eye Surgery Center for patients from throughout Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and northern New England. Depending on the cause and the location as well as the degree of detachment, our Retina Specialists might recommend: 

  • Cryopexy and Laser Retinopexy are often used to create an adhesion or scar around the edge of a Retinal Hole, or small Retinal Tear in order to prevent fluid from passing through the area and underneath the Retina and causing a Retinal Detachment. Cryopexy uses a “cold” instrument, about the size of a pencil, to freeze the damaged area whereas Laser Retinopexy uses a powerful “laser beam” to achieve the creation of the tiny scar.  Generally these two treatments are interchangeable but Cryopexy is often used if there is a considerable accumulation of fluid.
  • Pneumatic Retinopexy is another type of retinal surgery for repairing Retinal Detachment.  During Pneumatic Retinopexy, the Retina Surgeon injects a “gas bubble’ into the back of the eye after first applying the Laser or Cold treatment.  The patient’s head is positioned so that the “gas bubble” acts to place gentle pressure against the damaged area, allowing the fluid underneath to be absorbed and the Retina to reattach.  This often requires that patients lie perfectly still in a particular position for several days or even a week in order for the results to take effect.
  • Scleral Buckle Surgery is a well-established treatment for Retinal Detachment whereby the Retinal Surgeon places a silicone bands around the eye to gently apply pressure to the outermost walls of the eye, allowing the retinal breaks to close and the Retina to reattach.  Scleral Buckle Surgery may be done in conjunction with Cryopexy or Laser Photocoagulation to assure the best possible results.


  • Vitrectomy is an increasingly common treatment for Retinal Detachment that involves surgically removing the Vitreous gel in the back part of the eye in conjunction with the injection of a “gas bubble.”  Vitrectomy surgery can lead to the formation of a Cataract.

    View Vitrectomy Procedure

After surgery for Retinal Detachment, the results can often take many weeks for patients to achieve their visual recovery.  In certain cases, the vision after Retinal Detachment Surgery may not allow the full recovery of precise vision, especially if the Macula was detached in addition to other areas of the Retina. Early diagnosis and rapid treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss from Retinal Detachment. Regular eye examinations are an excellent way to learn if you are at risk for Retinal Detachment.

If you experience the sensation of a curtain or a veil in your vision, especially if accompanied by flashes, floaters, specs or cobwebs-or if your vision becomes bent or distorted perhaps with the sensation of a bubble you need to be evaluated immediately for Retinal Detachment. Please call us-explain your symptoms-and schedule an appointment at Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine at 888-374-2020.

Eyecare Medical Group provides diagnosis and treatment of Retinal Tears and Retinal Detachment in Maine and is conveniently located for patients in need of Retinal Surgery from Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.

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