Retinal detachment surgery in Iran: All you need to know
Retinal detachment might start with floaters and flashes of light, and later you would see a curtain that covers your vision. These symptoms are surely annoying, but you can regain you vision with retinal detachment surgery.
What is a retinal detachment?
The retina is a very thin layer of blood vessels and nerve cells that enables the seeing process. It is the organ responsible for receiving the light and transforming it into neural signals. Sometimes, when a hole or more are developed in the retina, it gets separated from the inside of the eye which is called retinal detachment. This can cause a partial or total vision loss if left untreated.
Retinal detachment might cause several symptoms like flashes of light (especially when you are looking at a dark background) and floaters.
It does not always require a tear or a clear reason for a retinal detachment to occur. Furthermore, some people are more likely to have retinal detachment than others, like those who suffer from nearsightedness, glaucoma, and people who have had cataract surgery.
What is retinal detachment surgery?
Detached retina surgery is an eye surgery that is performed to reattach the retina and regain the vision or prevent losing it. There are several approaches of retinal detachment surgery each one is different from the other. The surgeon will suggest the right one for you based on your condition, but you should know that the plans might change at any moment depending on your retina’s behavior during the procedure.
The type of anesthesia that is used during retinal detachment surgery depends on many factors like the severity of the detachment and the type of the surgery. Retinal detachment surgery duration usually ranges from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the same factors.
Is Iran a right place for retinal detachment surgery?
Some people might have worries about having surgery in Iran due to international propaganda against Iran. What you need to know is that Iran is a very safe country to visit and its people are very kind and hospitable.
Iran has high-end medical services. The Iranian hospitals are provided with the advanced equipment and the Iranian surgeons are skillful and quite experienced, especially in eye procedures, in which Iran has been well known in the region and in the world for many decades. Furthermore, the prices of medical services in Iran are much cheaper compared to most countries.
Thousands of patients are traveling to Iran from all over the world. If you love spending time in nature or love to have a peaceful vacation, then Iran is the place for you, where you can have the surgery and enjoy a vacation in one journey.
Retinal detachment surgery types
As said earlier, there are many types and techniques for retinal detachment surgery. The surgeon will decide if he/she should use one of them or a combination based on your condition. Sometimes, retinal detachment surgery can be an outpatient surgery.
Retinal detachment by injecting air or gas into the eye (Pneumatic Retinopexy)
The surgeon will treat retinal detachment by injecting a gas bubble into the eyeball. The bubble will add pressure on the retina forcing it to the wall of your eye. The surgeon will also use a probe to freeze the area around your retina.
During this procedure, the surgeon will sew a piece of silicone band or rubber to the outer layer of the eye. This operation will reduce the traction of the retina making it easier for the surgeon to repair the holes and tears and remove the scar tissues.
In certain cases when the detachment is severe, or when the patient suffers from multiple tears, the surgeon may choose to create a buckle around the whole eye like a belt.
In this procedure, the surgeon will remove the vitreous gel and some of the tissues. Afterwards, the surgeon will inject the eye with gas or silicone oil to make the retina flat. (if the oil is used, it will be removed surgically later).
Cost of retinal detachment surgery in Iran
The cost of retinal detachment surgery depends on the type of retinal detachment surgery procedure among other factors like the hospital fees, the surgeon expertise and others. While the cost ranges from $3,000 to $6,000 in the United States of America, the cost of retinal detachment surgery in Iran can be only $1,500, and the average cost of retinal detachment in Iran is $2,800.
Retinal detachment surgery recovery time
The healing time after retinal detachment surgery depends on several factors like the type of retinal detachment surgery performed and the overall health of the patient. On average, we can say that it takes 3 weeks to recover after pneumatic retinopexy, 2 weeks to a month after scleral buckling, and about a month to 6 weeks following vitrectomy.
Retinal detachment surgery recovery tips
The retinal detachment surgery after-care is almost as important as the surgery itself. You need to follow a few rules to make sure you get the desirable results from the surgery. After the procedure, the surgeon will tell you what to expect. Your doctor may also tell you how to sleep after retinal detachment surgery because there might be a need for you to keep your head in a certain position.
During the couple weeks after a retinal detachment surgery, try to avoid lifting heavy objects, exercising and jogging. Try to keep the shampoo away from your eye for the following month when bathing. Swimming after the retinal detachment surgery is prohibited for at least 12 weeks.
It is important to avoid flying after the surgery until the eye heals completely. Flights can increase the eye pressure which can damage the eye.
After the surgery, you would have a blurry vision so you should not drive for a while. Of course, you can drive as soon as your vision gets better.
Detached retina surgery vision recovery
Even though you can go back to work after a few weeks, vision recovery after detached retina eye surgery takes several months. Keep in mind that you might have blurry vision after the surgery. Ask your doctor if you need sight tests for the glasses. The final results you will have after the surgery depends on the condition of your retinal detachment, and your sight condition before the detachment.
Retinal detachment surgery complications
The retinal detachment procedure is very safe. It has a success rate of 90% with only one surgery. This means that only 10% of the patients who undergo the operation need to have a second retinal detachment surgery.
If the surgery leads to retina damage, it can cause permanent vision loss.
The most common post-op complications of retinal detachment surgery include:
- Infection (endophthalmitis): it is very rare (the chances of getting endophthalmitis after the surgery are 1 to 1000. However, it can cause vision loss if happened.
- Cataract: it is common for patients who undergo retinal detachment surgery to develop cataract because the surgery disturbs the fluids inside the eye.
- Increase in eye pressure: in some cases, the surgeon might give you special eye drops to deal with the eye pressure after the surgery.
There are some other side effects like double vision, inflammation, and eye bleeding.
The increase of eye redness and the feeling of excessive pain after retinal detachment surgery is not normal. This along with headaches and nausea requires calling the doctor.
How to prepare for retinal detachment surgery in Iran?
If you are considering undergoing retinal detachment surgery in Iran and you want to have a smooth surgery and journey without being worried by the language barrier and by being in a country in which you don’t know anyone then just try our services. Contact us to have a free online consultation with our specialists to give you a customized journey schedule that fulfill your needs. When you decide on having the surgery with us, you will receive our all-inclusive package including scheduling the surgery with no waiting time, assigning a personal interpreter in addition to our logistic services such as airport pick-up and drop-off, reserving the hotel and free transport from the hotel to the hospital to name a few. Just fill the form in this page or send us a message on our social media channels. Our specialists will be back to you as soon as possible.