hammoodys Apr 7, 2012
Surgery Specialty: Ophthalmology
Retinal cysts can be the precursors to retinal detachments. If the vision is blurry, that is a clear indication that the ophthalmologist should check as soon as possible. If the cyst expands to include the macula...
Retinal cysts can be the precursors to retinal detachments. If the vision is blurry, that is a clear indication that the ophthalmologist should check as soon as possible. If the cyst expands to include the macula (area needed for clear vision) or if it is associated with a retinal hole then treatment is needed. This treatment may involve laser application to prevent a retinal detachment or actual surgery to reattach the retina, if it is already in the process of detachment. Other Retinal macrocysts are an occasional finding in patients with long-standing retinal detachments. The cysts usually do not require any specific treatment during procedures to repair retinal detachment and resolve spontaneously after retinal reattachment. However, if the cyst is adjacent to a retinal break and prevents its closure, the retinal reattachment procedure can fail. There is a technique using the Nd:YAG laser to perforate the retinal cyst postoperatively, which allows for subsequent break closure and retinal reattachment.
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