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Dr. Michael Kapusta

MD, FRCSC Ophthalmologist Montreal, QC 5

Dr. Michael Kapusta, MD, FRSCS, Ophthalmologist, talks about retinal detachment and specialized equipment that can help with recovery.


Dr. Michael Kapusta is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmic Practice (Montreal), the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology (Ottawa) and Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update (Boston), as well as authoring or co-authoring many peer-reviewed articles. He has also delivered numerous lectures at international conferences and symposiums

Dr. Michael Kapusta completed his medical degree and his residency in ophthalmology at McGill University. He then completed a two-year subspecialty program in retinal diseases and vitreoretinal surgery at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California. He is a member of numerous well recognized associations, including the Association des médecins ophthalmologists du Québec, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Back in Montreal, Dr. Kapusta was appointed Head of the Ophthalmology Department of the Jewish General Hospital, where he set up the retina surgery unit and a subspecialty program at McGill University. Since this program’s creation, Dr. Kapusta has trained and supervised 14 ophthalmologists from various countries to become retina surgery specialists.

Dr. Kapusta has for the past three years sat on the Board of Directors of the Association des médecins ophtalmologistes du Québec. He also serves as Director of the Retina Surgery Unit of McGill University. He has delivered numerous lectures across Canada and abroad within the framework of international meetings on the retina and its diseases.

Dr. Kapusta joined the Eye Institute of the Laurentians in January 2012. He enjoys an active and happy family life with his spouse, a pediatric emergency physician, and their four young children.

( Dr. Michael Kapusta, Ophthalmologist, Montreal, QC ) is in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Now health

Retinal Detachment - Recovery Equipment

Dr. Michael Kapusta, MD, FRSCS, Ophthalmologist, talks about retinal detachment and specialized equipment that can help with recovery.

The scleral buckle operation is performed in the operating room. It implies either local or general anesthesia. The operation involves securing a buckle to the wall of the eye, creating a scar of the cryotherapy or laser type in order to ensure that the retinal tear stays sealed, and typically drainage of the sub-retinal fluid.

The aftermath of this procedure is one that fortunately does not require the patient to maintain a particular position, but given that there is intervention on the wall of the eye, there may be some inflammation and there will be some pain management necessary during the one to two weeks after the intervention.

Typically after scleral buckle operation the patient will not be required to keep a particular head position, and will progressively be able to regain their normal quality of life, including exercise and activities, all based on their tolerance. Surgeons may prefer different amounts of restrictions with respect to work and exercise, but these are generally limited by the patient’s own tolerance.

If you and your surgeon have decided upon scleral buckle as the procedure of choice to repair your retinal detachment, it is important to understand that in the aftermath you will require some visits to ensure that the procedure has gone well, and if there are concerns about recurrent retinal detachment that you seek the attention from that same surgeon.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Kapusta, Ophthalmologist, Montreal, QC

Local Practitioners: Ophthalmologist