Dr. Braden A. Burckhard is our on-site retina specialist who provides a wide variety of treatments for retinal eye diseases in Bismarck, ND. The appropriate treatment will depend on many factors including the underlying cause of your retinal problems and the severity of your condition. Dr. Burckhard performs:
- Vitrectomy with silicone extraction
- Vitrectomy with membrane peeling
- Vitrectomy with membrane peeling and gas fluid exchange
- Vitrectomy with membrane peeling and endolaser
- Jumper scleral buckle with cryotherapy
- Scleral buckle vitrectomy with endolaser and gas fluid exchange
- Enucleation (removal of the eye)
Vitrectomy surgery is done to remove the vitreous gel, a clear, jelly-like substance that fills the inside of the eye. This allows Dr. Burckhard direct access to the retina to address any issues that may exist. After the retina has been appropriately treated, the space between the front and back of the eye must be filled. In many cases, it is filled with a gas bubble. Sometimes, silicone oil or a saline-type solution is inserted into the space.
Scleral Buckle Explained
During a scleral buckle, a flexible band is placed around the eye to counteract the force that is pulling the retina out of place. The fluid behind the detached retina will be drained and the retina should return to its normal place in the back of the eye.
If you are experiencing any vision problems, please don’t ignore them! Schedule an eye exam as early as possible. Dr. Burckhardutilizes cutting-edge technology to perform diagnostic testing and provides top-of-the-line, highly individualized treatment plans for retinal problems. Contact Dakota Eye Institute in Bismarck, ND, today!