• How long will the gas bubble stay in my eye after retinal detachment treatment?


    Question:

    Friday I was diagnosed with a retinal detachment and given a gas injection to the eye. I went back the next day and he lasered the tears shut and said everything looked good. However, I can still see the gas bubble in my eye. When does that go away?


    Answer:

    Gas bubbles and laser can be used to repair retinal detachments. You should ask your retinal surgeon what type of gas was used and how long he or she anticipates it being present for. There are typically two types of gases that we use. One is called SF6 and lasts about two weeks, and the other is called C3F8 and lasts about six to eight weeks.


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