What is Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachment is a serious event. This occurs when the retina physically separates itself from the back of the eye. If a retinal detachment goes untreated, it can spread to the central retina at which point the central vision could be at risk. It can be caused by eye trauma or other events.
Symptoms of a Retinal Detachment
Symptoms of retinal detachment may progress slowly or rapidly, but both should be reported to a medical doctor as soon as possible so as to minimize the risk of vision loss. Some of the symptoms of a retinal detachment include:
- A sudden decrease in visual acuity
- A sudden increase in the number of “floaters” in vision
- Bright flashes in the periphery
- An unnatural “curving” of straight lines
- Loss of central vision
- A dense shadow throughout the visual field
If you ever experience these symptoms, please drop whatever you’re doing and contact us immediately. The sooner the retina is reattached, the greater the chance your vision will be restored.
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Causes of retinal detachment
Retinal detachment can be a complication of cataract surgery. Severe inflammation may alter the position of the retinal tissue and begin the detachment process. Other causes of a retinal detachment may be as follows:
- A retinal tear
- Family history of retinal detachment
- Cataract surgery
- Existing eye condition
How to treat a Detached Retina
This condition requires treatment to save usable vision. A retinal detachment may be treated in many ways, which may include one or both of the following:
- Laser photocoagulation
- Pneumatic Retinopexy
- Scleral buckle
Most surgeries to repair a retinal detachment are successful. In some cases, a second procedure will need to be performed.
After a successful procedure, vision will take time to improve but may not return to previous levels of acuity.