Today I celebrate the birthday of a good friend, Betty. Betty is my OR nurse, but she also taught me my surgical skills. Happy Birthday!
Retinal specialists have been using intravitreal injections to treat retinal disease. Sustained release systems are gaining in popularity. Soon, more than retinal disease will be treated with these devices.
Silicone oil can be used to help fix a retinal detachment. While it is not usually used as a first attempt, doctors should use this method earlier to save vision loss from repeated retinal detachments.
More often than not, retinal surgery proves beneficial for the patient. Most of the time, we are successful at restoring and maintaining functional vision.
Despite my best surgical efforts, many times the results of retinal surgery are less than expected. As I learned from my mentor, “sometimes the disease wins.”