A detached retina is a serious and sight-threatening event, occurring when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached. And unless the retina is reattached soon, permanent vision loss may result. 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
HOW IS RETINAL DETACHMENT DIAGNOSED?
Ophthalmologist conducts a thorough examination of the eye to diagnose Retinal Detachment. The eyes are examined by dilating them to check if the retina is detached. Early diagnosis is key to prevention of vision loss due to Retinal Detachment
HOW IS RETINAL DETACHMENT TREATED?
A procedure using a laser or cryopexy could be used to repair the tear in the retina. Pneumatic retinopexy is another procedure to repair retinal tears if they are small. In some cases where the retinal tears are large then surgery which would involve procedures such as a vitrectomy or the use of a scleral buckle would be performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Retinal detachment is a very serious condition and can cause permanent loss of vision if not treated immediately.