Retinal Detachment

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lines the inside of the eye which transforms incoming light into brain signals. A retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the wall of the eye and its underlying nutritional supply. Most cases of detachment occur due to a spontaneous tear in the retina that allows fluid from inside the eye to flow underneath the retina.

Retinal Detachment
Risk factors for retinal detachment include myopia (near-sightedness), trauma, and previous eye surgery. Common symptoms of retinal detachment are floaters, flashes of light, and sudden, painless loss of peripheral or central vision (such as a grey curtain).

Retina Care Consultants, P.A., is specialized in managing retinal detachments. A retinal detachment is considered an eye emergency, and permanent vision loss is possible if treatment is delayed. If you are having the symptoms mentioned above, seek a prompt dilated eye examination with an ophthalmologist. This exam may involve photographs or other specialized imaging tests of the retina. There are effective treatments for most retinal detachments, so don’t delay. These treatments typically involve surgery.

For more information regarding retinal detachments, please visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology patient information websites:
http://www.asrs.org/patients/retinal-diseases/6/retinal-detachment
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