Scleral buckling

Also known as: Surgery for retinal detatchment

Scleral buckling surgery is the most common way to treat retinal detachment. It is a method of closing breaks and flattening the retina. See a picture of a detached retina.

A scleral buckle is a piece of silicone sponge, rubber, or semi-hard plastic that your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) places on the outside of the eye (the sclera, or the white of the eye). The material is sewn to the eye to keep it in place. The buckling element is usually left in place permanently.