• Does a scleral buckle operation involve the optic nerve?


    Question:

    Does a scleral buckle operation involve the optic nerve? I have a pinpoint retinal hole and I am very worried about whether my optic nerve may be damaged.


    Answer:

    A scleral buckle operation does not involve the optic nerve. However, a pinpoint retinal hole should not be treated with a scleral buckle unless it has caused a retinal detachment. In the absence of a retinal detachment, the treatment for a retinal hole is either laser treatment or observation.


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