• How long can I wait to have a tear in my retina repaired?


    Question:

    How long can I wait to have a tear in my retina repaired? Will the tear become bigger if I wait a few weeks to a month before I have the surgery done?


    Answer:

    The timing of surgery for a retinal tear depends on a number of factors, including whether it is symptomatic or not (picked up on a routine exam or because the patient noticed floaters or flashing lights), its location, its size, and its character. Our concern is more about whether the tear will lead to a retinal detachment (when the light-sensitive tissue peels off the back of the eye), rather than whether the tear will enlarge. In general, if your ophthalmologist is recommending surgery for a retinal tear, it is better to have the treatment promptly, rather than waiting several weeks to a month.


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