Pneumatic retinopexy is an effective surgical treatment option for certain types of retinal detachment. Retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from the back wall of the eye, usually due to the development of tears in the retina. This causes patients to experience shadows and vision loss. Prompt and thorough treatment is required to prevent permanent vision loss. Pneumatic retinopexy involves a bubble of gas that is positioned over the retinal tears, allowing for fluid to be pumped out from beneath the retina to repair the detachment.
The pneumatic retinopexy procedure is performed in the office under a local anesthetic. The doctor will inject a gas bubble into the eye and position your head so that the bubble moves to the detached area and applies light pressure.