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Recovering from retinal detachment

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After the operation, your eyelids may feel itchy and sticky, and some fluid may leak from your eye.

There may be some bruising around the eye. These symptoms are perfectly normal and any discomfort should go away after a couple of days. You can take a simple painkiller such as paracetamol to relieve the discomfort.

A day after the operation, your doctor will give you some eye drops to reduce the swelling and prevent infection. It is important not to rub the eye while it heals, which will usually take two to six weeks.

If you have had a gas bubble in your eye, your vision will be blurry for a while. This is only temporary.

It can take many months for vision to improve after surgery and in some cases you may experience some degree of permanent vision loss, but not complete blindness. Your ophthalmologist can advise you about any activities you may need to avoid while you recover.

The amount of vision that can be successfully restored depends, for the most part, on how much of the retina was detached and for how long.

The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) website has a section called Living with sight loss, which provides useful resources for people who have recently lost some of their vision. 

Read more about  visual impairment for information and advice.

Medical Review: January 09, 2013

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