Scleral Buckling for Retinal Detachment

Scleral buckle is a surgical procedure commonly used to repair a retinal detachment. Retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from the wall of the eye, causing shadows and vision loss.

During this outpatient procedure, the patient is placed under general or local anesthetic and the scleral buckle, which is a thin strip of silicone which resembles a belt, is secured around the eyeball under the conjunctiva. This device is placed on the sclera, or white of the eye, and is placed behind the eyelids, not visible from the outside. The scleral buckle is usually left on the eye permanently. Sometimes scleral buckles are placed in conjunction with performing a vitrectomy for certain retinal conditions.