Retinal Detachment

What is Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment is an extraordinarily severe condition in which the retina disconnects from its supportive tissue in the eye. If it is not treated, you are likely to experience a permanent loss of vision in the eye.

How do I Know if I have Retinal Detachment?

Common symptoms of retinal detachment include seeing spots, flashes of light, floaters (specks that move along with your eye, often resembling strands or wavy lines), blurriness, and/or a curtain effect appearing at the top or sides of the eye. It’s important to note that 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.

What Causes 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. Anyone at any age can be afflicted with retinal detachment.

How do Doctors Detect Retinal Detachment?

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

How is Retinal Detachment Treated?

How 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 to treat retinal detachment at The Eye Institute, all administered by one of the top retinal specialists in the InterMountain West. Whomever you choose as your eye care provider, it is vitally important that you have your eyes checked for retinal detachment, particularly after experiencing even the mildest of symptoms.

For more information on retinal detachment, or, if you think you may be experiencing the condition, please contact The Eye Institute, serving Salt Lake City, Utah and the surrounding region.

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