• Can I avoid removing my blind eye?


    Question:

    I had a detached retina about 10 years ago. I’m now 22 and my eye has shrunken but not significantly. The blind eye is not painful, but the look does bother me. I am looking into a scleral shell to wear during the day. Will my eye continue to shrink, and will I eventually have to remove it? I would like to avoid removing it. Is it possible to keep a blind eye due to detached retina forever?


    Answer:

    Forever is a very long time. A scleral shell, if comfortable, may be a good choice for years. Over time, if the eye shrinks or becomes uncomfortable there are procedures such as evisceration or enucleation that will allow you to wear a shell and retain movement. So, no need to be fearful of the future.


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