This medical illustration describes the pathology of retinal tear and its repair using a scleral buckle for surgeons and residents. Pertinent anatomy, pathology, instrumentation, and techniques are included.
Retinal tear and detachment occurs in the posterior chamber of the eyeball. From the tear, the vitreous humor enters in between the layers of the retina and causes vision problems such as blurriness and blindnes. Scleral buckle procedure is a common way to treat retinal detachment by placing a buckle on the exterior sclera to support the torn retina. The scleral buckle is placed under the extrinsic muscles and sutured to the sclera using mattress sutures.
I was able to observe this procedure in person and sketch as the surgery took place. It was my first time seeing a procedure with local anesthesia, so I was really surprised when the patient replied to the surgeon’s questions halfway through the procedure!More info about this image