Retinal Detachment

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What is retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which a thin layer of tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from its normal position. A retinal detachment, itself, is painless. But warning signs almost always appear before it occurs or has advanced, such as:

  • The sudden appearance of many floaters — tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision
  • Flashes of light in one or both eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Gradually reduced side (peripheral) vision
  • A curtain-like shadow over your visual field

When this happens he/she should be seen by an ophthalmologist to ensure that no retinal tear or detachment has developed. If a tear develops, fluid from inside the eyeball can leak through the tear under the retina. This fluid displaces the retina. This displacement is called a retinal detachment.

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Is treatment available?

If a retinal detachment is present, we offer our patients four treatment options:

  • Laser retinopexy surgery
  • Scleral buckle surgery
  • Vitrectomy surgery
  • Pneumatic retinopexy surgery

Our physicians and staff are always available to give you, the patient, as much information as possible to help you decide which treatment (if any) you desire.

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