Scleral buckling is the first procedure developed to successfully and reproducibly repair retinal detachments. This procedure uses permanent silicone or sponge implants that are sewn to the outside of the eye in the area of the detached retina. The scleral buckle cannot be seen externally. Acting like a belt, the implant squeezes part of the eye, and this compression allows the retina to settle back on the wall of the eye. Depending on the retinal problem, a buckle can be used on its own or in combination with vitrectomy to maximize the outcome.
As with any surgery, risks are involved. Your retinal specialist will address these with you prior to your procedure.