RETINAL DETACHMENT ANTALYA AND ISTANBUL

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Revised June, 2024 – Resource, International Patient Center
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ABOUT RETINAL DETACHMENT IN TURKEY

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RETINAL DETACHMENT IS A SERIOUS CONDITION WHERE THE RETINA SEPARATES FROM THE BACK OF THE EYE. IT CAN LEAD TO PARTIAL OR COMPLETE VISION LOSS DEPENDING ON THE EXTENT OF DETACHMENT. WHEN THE RETINA DETACHES, IT DISRUPTS THE NORMAL PROCESS OF CONVERTING LIGHT INTO SIGNALS THAT ARE SENT TO BRAIN FOR VISION PROCESSING. IF LEFT UNTREATED, RETINAL DETACHMENT CAN RESULT PERMANENT VISION LOSS. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE SUDDEN FLASHES OF LIGHT, FLOATERS, AND A CURTAIN-LIKE SHADOW OVER THE FIELD OF VISION. IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IS CRUCIAL TO PREVENT FURTHER VISION DAMAGE.
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For the retinal detachment surgery in Turkey hospitals apart from improving the person visions, there may be no symptoms in early stages although but as condition progresses the retinal detachment symptoms may occur that include;

  • Rhegmatogenous – happens when there is a tear or hole in the retina, which allows fluid from within the eye to slip through the opening and get behind the retina. The fluid separates the retina from the membrane that gives nourishment and oxygen. The pressure from fluid can push the retina away from RPE (retinal pigment epithelium) and cause it to detach.
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  • Tractional Retinal Detachment – happens when the scar tissue on the retina contracts and causes the retina to pull away from the back of the eye. This is less common type of detachment and generally affects people with diabetes. Diabetes can also lead to problems with the retinal vascular system and cause scar tissue in the eye that could cause detachment.
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  • Exudative Detachment – no tears or breaks occur in the retina. This type of detachment is usually caused by retinal disease like inflammatory disorder or coats disease that can cause abnormal development in the blood vessels behind the retina.

Risk factors for Retinal detachment to occur include;

  • Being over the age of 40.
  • A trauma to the eye.
  • Having a family history of retinal detachment.
  • Extreme nearsightedness.
  • PVD – posterior vitreous detachment.
  • Diabetes.
  • Complications due to cataract surgery.

Usually when there is a Retinal detachment there is no sign of pain but there are some symptoms such as;

  • Blurred vision.
  • Partial vision loss.
  • Flashes of light when looking to the sides.
  • Ares of darkness in the field of vision.
  • Sudden vision of many floaters.

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RETINAL DETACHMENT PROCEDURE

Retina detachment laser eye surgery in Turkey in most cases there are various types of surgeries available;

Photocoagulation – if there is a hole or tear in the retina but the retina is still attached photo coagulation (laser) will be used. The laser burns around the tear area and the  resulting scarring affixes the retina to the back of the eye.

Cryopexy – freezing probe is applied to the tear site and the resulting scarring will help the retina in place. The eye will be numbed using eye drops.

Pneumatic Retinopexy – repairs minor detachments. A gas bubble will be put in the eye to help the retina move back into place. A laser will be used to seal the holes.

Scleral Buckling – pushes the wall of the eye into the retina to get it back into place.

Vitrectomy – this technique is used for larger tear sites. The procedure includes  anesthesia and is done on an outpatient basis. Small tools are used to remove the scar tissue and fluid from the retina and then the retina is put back into place.

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SUITABLE PATIENTS FOR RETINAL DETACHMENT SURGERY

The surgery is suitable for both males and females who are at good health conditions who are mentally and psychically stable and have a detached retina.

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BEFORE RETINAL DETACHMENT

  • Patients must not wear any makeup before the surgery.
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  • Patients must make sure they arrange someone to come with them for and after the surgery.
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  • Patients must stop any medication and herbal supplements a few days before the surgery.
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  • Patients are advised to not eat or drink from 6 hours before the surgery.

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AFTER RETINAL DETACHMENT

  • Patients can return to work after 2 weeks from the surgery depending on the recovery.
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  • Driving is not allowed until vision is stabilized.
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  • Eye patch will be necessary and kept at night whilst sleeping.
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  • Patients must rest and activity must be limited for a week after the surgery.
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  • Patients must take medication prescribed by the ophthalmologist correctly and on time.

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RISK OF RETINAL DETACHMENT

There is small possibility of complications occurring even though they are very rare as the success of the surgery is about 95%. The possible complications are;

  • Bleeding.
  • More holes in the retina.
  • Bruising.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Cataract.
  • Double vision.
  • Allergy to anesthetic or medication.
  • Infection.

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DEFINITION OF RETINAL DETACHMENT

Optic nerve – the paired nerve that transmits visual info from the retina to the brain.

Retina – the inner coat of the eye.

Cornea – transparent part of the eye covering the iris and pupil.

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FIRST DAY

The patient will attend a consultation with the ophthalmologist and will be divised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then  be taken through couple of tests that are required before the treatment. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the hospitals clinic center the next day.

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SECOND DAY

Retinal surgery in Antalya Turkey will be performed. Retinal Detachment Surgery will be performed. The duration of the surgery depends on the surgery and technique used by the ophthalmologist. The surgery is usually done under local anesthetic using a retinal photocoagulation laser device and laser indirect ophthalmoscope depending on the type of treatment performed. Once the surgery is over and the patient is feeling better, they are then able to return to their settlement.

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THIRD DAY

Patients arriving in Istanbul and Antalya will attend a post surgery check up and consultation. If they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results were all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to go back to their normal routine.
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1. What is Retinal detachment in Turkey?

Retinal detachment is the surgery to place the detached retina back into its place. There are 3 types of retinal detachment;

Rhegmatogenous – there is a tear or hole in the retina, which allows fluid from within the eye to slip through the opening and get behind the retina.

Tractional Retinal Detachment – happens when the scar tissue on the retina contracts and causes the retina to pull away from the back of the eye.

Exudative Detachment – no tears or breaks occur in the retina.

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2. How is the Retinal Treatment done?

The surgery is done in various ways such as;

Photocoagulation – if there is a hole or tear in the retina but the retina is still   attached a photocoagulation (laser). The laser burns around the tear area and the resulting scarring affixes the retina to the back of the eye.

Cryopexy – a freezing probe is applied to the tear site and the resulting scarring will help the retina in place. The eye will be numbed using eye drops.

Pneumatic Retinopexy – repairs minor detachments. A gas bubble will be put in the eye to help the retina move back into place. A laser will be used to seal the holes.

Scleral Buckling – pushes the wall of the eye into the retina to get it back into place.

Vitrectomy – Small tools are used to remove the scar tissue and fluid from the retina and then the retina is put back into place.

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3. How long does Retinal Treatment take?

The duration of surgery depends on surgery technique used by the ophthalmologist.

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4. Do I need to stay at Turkey JCI hospital?

The surgery is done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home after few hours from the surgery, however if there are any complications with the patient’s sugar levels then there may be a requirement for the patient to stay the night.

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5. Are there any risks of Retinal detachment?

Like every simple eye surgery there is possibility of risks;

  • Bleeding.
  • More holes in the retina.
  • Bruising.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Cataract.
  • Double vision.
  • Allergy to anesthetic or medication.
  • Infection.

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6. Devices used in Retinal detachment?

Depending on the type of procedure a retinal photocoagulation laser device and laser indirect ophthalmoscope device is used.

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How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey is 2-3 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery is done in Istanbul or Antalya Turkey.

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8. When can I return back to my work?

Patients are able to return to work after 2-3 weeks from the surgery.
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