Pneumatic Retinopexy

What is pneumatic retinopexy?
Pneumatic retinopexy is an in-office procedure.

During pneumatic retinopexy, the eye doctor (ophthalmologist) injects a gas bubble into the middle of the eyeball. The patient’s  head is positioned so that the gas bubble floats to the detached area and presses lightly against the detachment. The eye doctor then uses a freezing probe (cryopexy) or laser beam (photocoagulation) to seal the tear in the retina.

The bubble remains for about 1 to 3 weeks to help flatten the retina, until a seal forms between the retina and the wall of the eye. The eye gradually absorbs the gas bubble and the extra fluid that had been in the eye.

What is pneumatic retinopexy used to treat?
Pneumatic retinopexy is ued to treat retinal detachment.


At California Retina, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff.

We are open and seeing patients, in compliance with the CDC and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) guidelines. We have put in place new policies and guidelines to promote social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19. These steps are critical to protecting the health of our entire community. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

– Appointment times are spaced out to limit wait times and maintain appropriate social distancing.
– All patients and staff will be screened for symptoms prior to entering the office and are asked to stay at home if positive for symptoms.
– All patients are required to wear a mask, scarf or other facial covering during their appointment.
–Family members and caregivers are asked to wait outside the office.
– All doctors wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves, staff, and patients.
– All staff are wearing masks.
– Rooms, equipment, door handles, surfaces, pens, etc. are disinfected after each patient.

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