Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment

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Surgical Treatment of a Detached Retina – patient information to assist informed consent

This RANZCO patient education pamphlet provides information on surgery to treat a retinal detachment. The topics discussed include:
-   Normal anatomy of the eye
-   Retinal detachment and retinal tears
-   Causes of retinal detachment, including: rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, tractional retinal detachment and exudative retinal detachment
-   Risk factors (such as myopia, increasing age and previous cataract surgery)
-   Diagnosis and examination by an ophthalmologist.

The different types of surgical treatments for retinal detachment are described with accompanying anatomical illustrations. The surgical procedures discussed include:
-   Scleral buckle surgery
-   Vitrectomy
-   Drainage of subretinal fluid
-   Photocoagulation laser treatment
-   Cryotherapy
-   Pneumatic retinopexy.

This leaflet can be a useful tool for patients as the benefits, risks and limitations of retinal detachment surgery are discussed in detail. The possible complications of treatment are listed on page 4 to assist the informed-consent process.

Mi-tec publishes 16 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology patient information brochures. Retinal detachment surgery is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The RANZCO patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.