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Retinal Detachment

What is Retinal Detachment?

A retinal detachment is an extraordinarily severe eye condition in which the retina disconnects from its supportive tissue in the eye. You are likely to experience a permanent loss of vision in the eye if it’s not treated immediately.

How would I know if I have Retinal Detachment?

The most common symptoms of retinal detachment include seeing flashes of light, floaters (specks that move along with your eye, often resembling strands or wavy lines), blurriness, spots and/or a curtain effect appearing at the sides or top of the eye. Contrary to popular belief, you will not experience any pain when retinal detachment is occurring or has occurred, so an immediate consultation with an eye doctor should be undertaken when symptoms are first noticed. This is imperative.

What could cause a Retinal Detachment?

Causes of retinal detachment typically include severe nearsightedness, injury to the eye, eye diseases and other health issues such as diabetes and sickle cell disease, diabetic retinopathy, tumors, and complications after eye surgery. The disease is not selective, anyone at any age can be afflicted with retinal detachment.

How can Doctors Detect Retinal Detachment?

Doctors typically use of ophthalmoscopy and ultrasound to detect a retinal detachment. It is vital that you schedule an eye exam immediately after noticing symptoms of retinal detachment. Once diagnosed, your eye doctor will then recommend the best course of treatment for your specific situation.

How is a Retinal Detachment Treated?

How a retinal detachment is treated is largely dependent on just how much damage has occurred. Laser photocoagulation is often used in milder cases, effectively sealing off leaking blood vessels in order to help reattach a detached retina.  Doctors may also freeze the detached area to hold it in place. There are a variety of surgical options available to treat retinal detachment all administered by top retinal specialists at the Richens Eye Center. It remains vitally important that you have your eyes checked for retinal detachment, particularly after experiencing even the mildest of symptoms.
For additional information on retinal detachment, or, if you think you may be experiencing the symptoms, please contact the Richens Eye Center, proudly serving Southern Utah and the surrounding areas since 2001.