Retinal Detachment: What to Know

  • Posted on: Sep 15 2020
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istock 922946166Retinal detachment sounds scary, and it can be. It occurs when your retina physically separates from the back of your eye. If left untreated, it can spread further into the central retina, which can then lead to loss of vision. The causes of retina detachment vary, but, if caught early, can be treated.

What Causes Retinal Detachment?

There are many issues that can cause retinal detachment. Complications from cataract surgery, for example, could cause retinal detachment. Other known causes of a retinal detachment include the following:

  • Nearsightedness
  • A retinal tear
  • Family history of retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract surgery
  • Trauma
  • Severe inflammation
  • Existing eye condition

Obviously not all of those issues will always end in retinal detachment. Just being nearsighted, doesn’t necessarily mean your retina will detach. Here are some symptoms or signs to look out for to determine whether or not you may be experiencing a retinal detachment.

Some of these symptoms may come on quickly or develop slowly over time, but either way, you should keep an eye on them and report them to a doctor as quickly as possible to avoid long-term complications. Some signs of retinal detachment include:

  • A rapid decrease in visual acuity
  • A rapid increase in the number of “floaters” found in vision
  • Bright flashes in the periphery
  • An unnatural “curving” of straight lines
  • Loss of central vision
  • A dense shadow throughout the visual field

How Is A Detached Retina Treated?

If your retina is detaching, it’s imperative that you get it repaired as soon as possible to save your vision. Here are the most common ways we treat this issue, keeping in mind that we may do a combination of the following:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser photocoagulation
  • Pneumatic Retinopexy
  • Scleral buckle
  • Vitrectomy

Luckily, most surgeries to repair retinal detachment are successful! However, in a few cases, you may need another procedure to be done. It might take some time for your vision to get better, but if you experience any other issues, don’t hesitate to let us know.

If you have more questions about retinal detachment or need to schedule a consultation, contact us today at (440) 286-1188 to reach our Chardon, OH office, or (440) 205-5840 to reach us at our Mentor, OH office.

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