If you or a loved one has suffered from a retinal detachment or retinal tear, you may be wondering what the implications are and how this condition can be treated. Retinal detachment is a serious condition that often needs to be treated in a timely manner.
Occasionally when the vitreous gel separates from the retina, it will pull on the retina, causing a retinal tear. Retinal tears can lead to a retinal detachment if fluid passes under the tear and separates the retina from the wall of the eye. Retinal tears can often be treated in the office with laser or cryotherapy (freezing).
A healthy retina is attached to the inside wall of the eye. Detachment occurs when the retina is torn away from this position. The detached portion of the retina cannot see light well, resulting in blurred or even lost vision. Retinal detachments can progress rapidly, causing complete blindness if not fixed in time. Luckily there are multiple ways to repair a detached retina to reduce the risk of further vision loss.
The classic symptoms for a retinal tear are similar to those of the normal vitreous gel separation and include flashes and floaters.
The symptoms of a retinal detachment may only be flashes and/or floaters but usually entails decreased vision or a visual field darkening in the peripheral vision—like a shadow or shade coming across the eye.
Retinal detachment is treatable when caught early. Treatment may or may not involve an in or outpatient surgical procedure. In cases that do require surgery, a patient may require immediate attention or the procedure may be postponed for days or even weeks depending on the condition’s severity.
Two major retinal detachment surgeries include:
To learn more about retinal detachment and its treatment options, contact our office at Retina Associates of Orange County. The sooner you speak to a retinal specialist, the sooner you can save and restore your sight.