• Why would you leave silicone oil in the eye indefinitely after a retinal surgery?


    Question:

    Why would you leave silicone oil in the eye indefinitely after a retinal surgery given that vision will be sub-par with oil?


    Answer:

    Sometimes, with a greater risk of phthisis (shrinkage of the eyeball), recurrent retinal detachment, or hypotony (low pressure in the eye), silicone oil may be left in the eye indefinitely.

    Under these circumstances, keeping some vision is better than risking losing all of your vision.


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