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Scleral Buckling


Scleral buckling is surgery to fix a detached retina. The retina is a thin layer of cells on the back of your eyeball. Your retina sends the images that you see from your eyes to your brain. A detached retina means that your retina has torn away from the sclera (tissue behind your retina). Your retina may become detached if it gets a hole in it and fluid builds up behind it. A detached retina also may be caused by inflammation or injury. A detached retina makes your vision worse, and you may lose sight in your eye.

Lateral cut-away of the Right Eye



  • Eyedrops: You may need antibiotic eyedrops to help treat or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. You may also need pain medicine eyedrops or steroid eyedrops to decrease inflammation.
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  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You will need to return to have your eye checked. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new vision problems. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Eye care:

Ask your healthcare provider how to care for your eye after surgery. You may also need to see a vision therapist to teach you how to use tools that help you see better.


Do not drive or travel by air until your healthcare provider says it is okay. Your decreased vision can make driving difficult. Pressure buildup in your eye during air travel can cause your retina to detach again.

For more information:

  • National Eye Institute
    31 Center Drive MSC 2510
    Bethesda , MD 20892-2510
    31 Center Drive MSC 2510
    Bethesda , MD 20892-2510
    Phone: 1- 301 - 496-5248
    Web Address:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have a headache and nausea.
  • You have new vision problems, such as blurry vision.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your eye is bleeding or draining pus.
  • Your eyeball or eyelid is swollen.
  • You have severe eye pain.
  • You see new flashes of light in front of your eyes.
  • You see new lines floating in front of your eyes.
  • You see what looks like a dark curtain or shadow in front of your eyes.
  • Your field of vision suddenly narrows (tunnel vision).

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.