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Can sight be resored from retina detachment

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can sight be resored from retina detachment
Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?


Doctor DanB : Unfortunately you have a very difficult diagnosis to handle. When the retina detaches, the prognosis can be very different depending on what part of the retina has detached and for how long it was detached before it was repaired. If the detachment was peripheral in the retina (did not involve the center of the retina, or macula, then the chance of retaining good vision after the surgery is good. If the vision prior to the surgery was still good, then it is likely that it only involved the periphery of the retina, meaning the chances for good visual recovery are fair to good.   If the retinal detachment has spread to involve the macula, or the very center of the retina which is responsible for our central, clear, fine, color vision that we use every day, then the vision before the surgery was likely quite poor and, unfortunately, there is a poor prognosis for the vision to return to normal after the surgery. While a retinal surgeon is usually successful in re-attaching the retina anatomically (this can be referred to as a successful surgery), this reattachment does not always correlate with the retina returning to normal function. If that curtain did involve the center of your vision then it is likely that the center of the retina was involved, in which case the vision might not be very good for the rest of your life in that eye, and would almost certainly not return to its former level of vision.
Doctor DanB : Also, given the number of surgeries that have been needed to reattach the retina, this speaks to a poorer chance of vision return. Unfortunately after there has been so much problems with the retina, medical science has not learned how to restore the retina to its prior function after having had so many problems with it. 
Doctor DanB : Does this make sense?

my husband had several surgeries including laser for bleeding in the back of eye prior to retina been detached. Both docters give positive prognosis before surgery. There also seem to be scar tissue in the eye. Are there any studies been done to improve success rate of these types of surgeries or anything that can help restore the retina.



Doctor DanB : The field of retinal detachment surgery has not changed much in the past several years. There are numerous ways to repair a retinal detachment many of which work very well and some are used in specific ways. However if the center of the retina has was detached for a significant amount of time unfortunately there are no studies that show any promise at restoring the function of the retina if this is the case. While stem cell research is under way for this type of problem, there is no hope inside the next several years that there are will be any successful treatments in this regard. 
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