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It has been 5 weeks since I had a retinal detachment operation

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It has been 5 weeks since I had a retinal detachment operation with gas bubble. I was told to sleep upright for 2-3 weeks which I have done for 5+ weeks now. The gas bubble is still visible but reduced. I don't go back for a check up for another 3 weeks. Can I lie down in a bed yet?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Eye
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Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
This is Dr. David

sleeping upright allows the gas bubble to float to the top of the orbit to help keep the upper retina inplace. when you sleep on your back, the gas bubble doesn't help

if you can't sleep sitting up anymore, then sleep inclined or on your back

but if you can still manage to sleep sitting up, keep trying to do so.

I know it is not easy, but this will give you the best chance of keeping the retina in place.

good luck

let me know if you have questions.