Published: Feb. 11, 2008
Updated: Oct. 5, 2011
Yes, for the first night after the surgery.
Yes, you will have 10 days of special positioning during the daytime as the retina reattaches.
Yes, you will use eye drops for a few weeks following your surgery.
All of the surgeries (macular translocation, muscle, and oil removal) are outpatient procedures. Patients do not usually need to stay in the hospital overnight following surgery. We will remove the eye patch and examine your eye the morning after surgery.
Yes, your surgeon will need to monitor your eye as it heals. Many of your appointments will require special testing that will give your doctor valuable information regarding your vision. Most patients return for four visits during the first six months following surgery.
More than 400 surgeries have been performed at Duke Eye Center.
In a study done on macular translocation patients at Duke, more than half of the patients recovered useful reading vision one year after surgery. However, as with any surgery, macular translocation may have complications. Due to complications from macular translocation or because of the damage to the macula from macular degeneration, a patient may lose vision or have bad vision after surgery. Therefore, there is a risk that the patient may not benefit from macular translocation surgery.
Yes, you can still be a candidate. Some patients who still have poor vision after other treatments have recovered central vision after macular translocation surgery.
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