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.