About Pneumatic Retinopexy
Pneumatic retinopexy (PR) is a two-step outpatient procedure that repairs a retinal detachment. When the jelly-like substance (vitreous) in the middle of the eye disconnects from the retina, it can distort or blur a patient’s vision. Board-certified retina surgeon Dr. Shalesh Kaushal has performed countless PR procedures and has years of expert experience. With his keen eye and steady hand, Dr. Kaushal uses modern techniques to repair the tear. Unlike a vitrectomy that requires an incision, a pneumatic retinopexy involves the injection of a single gas bubble to correct the retinal break. This procedure is safe and effective for those with single or multiple tears. Call Comprehensive Retina Consultants in Ocala, FL to schedule a private consultation.
What to Expect
At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Kaushal will dilate the eyes and apply medicated eye drops to numb the treatment area for better comfort. The affected eye will then be thoroughly cleansed to protect against infection. The gas bubble will be carefully injected into the vitreous cavity, and once it floats to the location of the tear, a laser will be used to seal the break. The laser technology or cryopexy utilizes a form of freezing to make the correction. Once the procedure is done, patients will be free to return home. The main advantage of this treatment is that it significantly minimizes the chance of complications as opposed to scleral buckling or vitrectomy.
"I have never been treated by a more competent, caring and knowledgeable physician since arriving in Florida 22 years ago. His caring and treatment exceeds any rating offered. Simply said, if you do not set an appointment with Dr. Kaushal, you are making a huge mistake. He has saved the vision in one eye and improved my eyesight beyond where it was many years ago. I was treated by him in Orlando, will definitely make the trip to his new location, and change my insurance plan, so that I can remain under his care. Thank you, Dr. Kaushal, for all that you have accomplished in treating the Wet Macular Degeneration in my eye."- C.G. / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2019
"If you have an eye condition and want to preserve what vision you have then Dr. Kaushal and his staff are the best you can find anywhere. My family has been fortunate to know this doctor and benefit from his collaborative approach to medicine. Every patient is special to this group. We highly recommend."- P.O. / Google / Mar 20, 2019
"Excellent doctor on all levels. If u have any eye problems. This is the kindest, experienced, advance thinking doctor u will ever have."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2019
"He is the best there is he has treated me for almost a year.I don't mind waiting when I have the best doctor and he's out for my best interest and I've never had to wait more than 30 minutes so he's just an awesome doctor he's worth the wait trustI me ??"- S.T. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"Dr Kaushal is highly knowledgeable and personable. I have trusted my vision to his excellent care for many years."- B.B. / Google / Nov 04, 2018
Following pneumatic retinopexy, patients may experience mild discomfort for the rest of the day, and will commonly see a glow or sparkle for a few weeks due to where the laser was applied. The recovery period is generally 1 – 3 weeks. During this time, patients will need to remain in an upright position while they sleep and will not be able to lie on their back. The reason for this is to prevent the gas bubble from moving in an unfavorable position, like the front of the eye, where it can put pressure on the lens instead of the retina. Additional restrictions include avoiding air travel until the eye has naturally absorbed the gas bubble and a cohesive seal has formed between the retina and the eye wall.
Pneumatic retinopexy typically has a high success rate for most patients and offers a safe avenue for repairing retinal detachments. Call our Ocala, FL office today to set up a consultation with Dr. Kaushal. During your visit, Dr. Kaushal will be able to answer all your questions and can discuss if this treatment is right for you. We look forward to serving you!