During scleral buckle surgery, your doctor will put a tiny, flexible band around the white part of your eye. This part of the eye is called the sclera.
The band pushes gently on the sides of your eye and moves them inward toward your retina, which helps your retina reattach. The band will stay on your eye permanently after the surgery. Your doctor may also use a laser or freeze treatment to repair any tears in your retina.
Usually, you’ll get anesthesia so you’ll be asleep during this surgery. You won’t feel anything or remember the surgery. Most people can go home the same day, but you’ll need someone to drive you home.
After the surgery, your eye may feel a little sore. You’ll need to:
- Wear a patch over your eye for about a day
- Avoid some activities — like heavy lifting or heavy exercise — while your eye heals
- Have a follow-up visit with your doctor to make sure your eye is healing
Tell your doctor if you have any questions or concerns after surgery, including if your vision seems worse or if you have a lot of pain or swelling.