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Are you having retinal detachment symptoms?

If you are having a partial loss of vision, large or increasing numbers of floaters, seeing flashes, seeing a gray curtain moving across your field of vision or a sudden decrease in your vision, you may be suffering from a retinal tear or detachment. If so, you need to seek treatment from a qualified eye care professional immediately to prevent any long term damage or effects from a retinal tear or detachment.

If you have a torn or detached retina now you need emergency treatment immediately. Delaying treatment can cause irreversible damage to the eye and compromise your vision permanently. The Eye Centers of Florida are ready to help you and provide the emergency retina care you need. Call us now at 239-939-3456.

What are the symptoms of Retinal Tear or Detachment?

The retina is attached to the back of the eyeball. The retina is composed of light sensitive tissue that converts light that travels through the lens of the eye into impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain. When the retina detaches from the eye we see changes in our vision very quickly.

Vision changes can be one or more of these things:

  • Shadows in the periphery or side of your vision
  • Sudden increase in the size or number of floaters in your field of vision
  • The appearance of a grey curtain moving across your field of vision
  • A sudden decrease in vision

If you are having any of these symptoms you should seek medical care immediately. Delaying action could impair your vision for life.

What is a retinal tear or detachment?

The retina is attached to the back of the eye. The eyeball is filled with a clear gel called the vitreous gel. The vitreous gel can move and at times it can move away from the retina. When a retinal tear or detachment occurs, the vitreous moves away from the retina hard enough to cause a separation. The separation of the vitreous from the retina and the resulting leakage of the vitreous fluid causea loss or distortion of vision very quickly.

A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness if it is not treated very quickly through detached retina surgery.

What causes a retinal tear or detachment?

As we get older, the vitreous can begin to change shape, causing it to pull away from the retina. If the vitreous pulls a piece of the retina away, it causes a retinal tear. The effect of a retinal tear is seepage of vitreous fluid lifting the retina off the back wall of the eye, causing the retina to detach or pull away.

Vitreous fluid shrinks as we age, which normally doesn’t cause damage to the retina – although aging of the vitreous with posterior vitreous detachment is the most common cause of retinal detachment. However, inflammation (swelling) or nearsightedness (myopia) may cause the vitreous to pull away and result in retinal detachment.

Can retinal tears or detachments be prevented?

With the correct emphasis on taking preventative actions, causes of detached retina can be prevented. There are specific characteristics, signs and symptoms that can indicate an increased risk for retinal detachment, such as the following:

  • Nearsightedness;
  • Previous cataract surgery;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Severe eye injury;
  • Previous retinal detachment in the other eye;
  • Family history of retinal detachment;
  • Weak areas in the retina that can be seen by an ophthalmologist during an eye exam;
  • Sudden onset of flashes and/or floaters.

Having regular eye exams offers an opportunity to identify risk factors and conditions that could lead to a retinal detachment or retinal tear.

Are you having retinal detachment symptoms now?

If you are having a partial loss of vision, large or increasing numbers of floaters, seeing flashes, seeing a gray curtain moving across your field of vision or a sudden decrease in your vision, you may be suffering from a retinal tear or detachment. If so, you need to seek treatment from a qualified eye care professional immediately to prevent any long term damage or effects from a retinal tear or detachment.

If you have a torn or detached retina now you need emergency treatment immediately. Delaying treatment can cause irreversible damage to the eye and compromise your vision permanently. The Eye Centers of Florida are ready to help you and provide the emergency retina care you need. Call us now at 239-939-3456.

How are retinal tears or detachments treated?

The treatment for a torn or detached retina is a surgical procedure that repairs the separation between the retina and the vitreous. The specific treatment that is recommended by your ophthalmologist will be dependent on your individual condition and risk factors that may be related to your case.

What surgeries can I expect for my retinal detachment treatment?

Torn retina surgery

To repair a retinal tear the retina needs to be reattached by sealing the retina to the back wall of the eye. Most commonly this is done using laser detached retina surgery or cryotherapy (freezing treatment). Both procedures seal the retina to the back of the eye by creating scar tissues. This keeps the vitreous fluid from leaking through the tear and usually prevents the retina from detaching.

Both treatments cause minimal discomfort and are typically done in the SurgiCare Center at Eye Centers of Florida. SurgiCare Center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc(AAAHC).

Laser surgery (photocoagulation)

With laser surgery the scar tissue needed to seal the retina to the back of the eye is carefully created with the use of a very fine laser. The surgeon makes small burns around the retinal tear allowing the retina to reattach to the eyeball. There is little or no discomfort for the patient with this procedure.

Freezing treatment (cryopexy)

Similar to the laser surgery the surgeon uses a probe to freeze the tissue around the retinal tear. This procedure creates scar tissue that helps secure the retina to the back of the eye. There is little or no discomfort for the patient during or after the procedure.

Why Surgery?

The majority of patients that experience a retinal detachment must have eye surgery to reattach the retina to the eye. Without surgery the patient’s vision will be compromised permanently or the condition could result in blindness.

Most retinal detachment surgeries (80 to 90 percent) are successful, although a second operation is sometimes needed.

Some retinal detachments cannot be fixed, usually due to the development of scar tissue. If the retina cannot be reattached, the eye will continue to lose sight and ultimately become blind.

How long will it take to recover from my retina treatment?

It can take weeks or many months to experience improved vision after successful retinal detachment surgery. Each case is different and individuals respond differently to the procedure. In some cases, a second surgery may be required to repair the detachment. In more severe detachments or if treatment was not done quickly, less vision may return. Unfortunately some patients do not recover any vision.

It is critically important to seek treatment quickly and to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully after retinal surgery. Seeing your ophthalmologist regularly after the surgery is a key factor in achieving a full recovery.

Why choose Eye Centers of Florida for your treatment?

At Eye Centers of Florida, we have a complement of highly qualified doctorsavailable to offer you world-class treatment for eye conditions. We are proud of our long history of service and on having built lifelong relationships with our patients.

Our state-of-the-art facilities are fully equipped to meet the needs of all our patients. To learn more about our team of experts and our facilities, contact Eye Centers of Florida today.

If you would like your vision to be evaluated for a retinal detachment, request an appointment today.