A retinal detachment refers to a separation of the retina – the light-sensitive membrane in the back of the eye – from its supporting layers. This serious medical condition is typically caused by trauma, diabetes or an inflammatory disorder.
Symptoms of Retinal Detachment
• Flashes of light (Especially in peripheral vision)
• Blurred/blurry vision
• Floaters in the eye. Also referred to as shadows or spots
• Blindness in a portion of the visual field
The sudden and dramatic appearance of these symptoms is a strong indication that the retina is either tearing or detaching. If you feel you may be experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. Any sudden change in your vision is a serious medical condition that requires prompt medical attention from your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Treatment of Retinal Detachment
Most cases of retinal detachment require one of the following surgeries.
• Freezing (cryopexy): The application of intense cold to the area with an ice probe to form a scar, which holds the retina in place.
• Laser Surgery (photocoagulation): This is used to seal the tears or holes in the retina.
• Pneumatic Retinopexy: The placing of a gas bubble in the eye to help the retina float back into place. Then a laser is used to fix the retina in place.
More extensive cases require more invasive procedures, including:
• Scleral Buckle: This is done to indent the wall of the eye, relieving the tugging of the vitreous on the retina.
• Vitrectomy: This is done to remove gel or scar tissue that may be pulling on the retina.
If you have any questions about what you have just read or if you would like to learn more about your various treatment options, please contact board certified ophthalmologist Samuel Boles and the eye care specialists at Anne Arundel Eye Center by calling 410-224-2010.
Led by Dr. Boles, the Anne Arundel Eye Center offers comprehensive specialized ophthalmic exams as well as diagnostic pre and post-surgical eye care. Specializing in glaucoma and cataracts, Dr. Boles has helped restore and preserve thousands of patients’ vision.
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