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Scleral Buckle

Scleral Buckle

A scleral buckle is a surgical procedure used to repair a retinal detachment.


A retinal detachment occurs when the two layers of the retina become separated from each other and from the wall of the eye, causing shadows and vision loss. This condition requires prompt and thorough medical treatment to prevent permanent vision loss.

The Scleral Buckle Procedure

During this outpatient procedure, the patient is anesthetized with either a general or local anesthetic. The scleral buckle,  a thin strip of silicone that resembles a belt is secured around the eyeball under the conjunctiva. This creates an indentation on the wall of the eye. Attached to the posterior portion of the eye, on the sclera (white of the eye) the Scleral Buckle is not  externally visible.


The scleral buckle is usually left on the eye permanently but can be removed.


The scleral buckle will push in, or "buckle," the sclera towards the middle of the eye, relieving the pull on the retina. This allows the fluid that has collected under the retina to drain and the retina to re-attach.


After the Scleral Buckle Procedure

After the placement of the retinal buckle, patients may experience post-operative pain, swelling and redness for a few days. Prescription eye drops may be prescribed to treat these symptoms and prevent infection.

The scleral buckle procedure usually takes one to two hours to perform.

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