Retinal detachment is an emergency situation. The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye. If the retina separates from the layer underneath, the person may start seeing bits of debris, called floaters, or flashes of light, or a shadow in the field of vision. Prompt medical treatment is required to save the vision in the eye.
When the retina at the back of the eye pulls away from its normal position, it is known as retinal detachment. Based on the type of detachment, the causes of this condition are:
The following factors increase your risk of retinal detachment:
Signs & Symptoms:
There are many warning signals to indicate that you have retinal detachment:
After understanding the signs and symptoms from you, the eye specialist at Medcare may use the following tests and procedures for retinal detachment diagnosis:
Both eyes would be examined even if you have symptoms in just one.
At Medcare, you can get the bests surgical procedures for retinal detachment treatment:
Depending on the severity of the retinal detachment:
A: Retinal detachment causes the retina to separate from its underlying layer which contains blood vessels that provide oxygen and nourishment to the retina. Physical trauma like a blunt blow to the eye, severe eye injury or concussion of the head may cause retinal detachment and without timely treatment this condition leads to permanent loss of vision.
A: Severe eye injuries, caused during a motor accident by the bursting of an airbag, chemical entering the eye in an industrial accident, being hurt by gun pellets in the eye or while playing high speed and high impact sports, may damage the structures at the back of the eye like the retina and optic nerve. These may cause a vitreous haemorrhage due to retinal tear resulting in a retinal detachment.
A: Nothing can be done to prevent retinal detachment other than regular eye check-ups. However, if you observe eye floaters, flashes of lights, blurred vision or gradual reduction in peripheral vision you may have to go in for a laser treatment or retinal detachment surgery.
A: No, not in all cases. If only one eye suffers a serious injury or requires eye surgery then, the other eye will not develop a retinal detachment. However, if there is lattice degeneration in one eye, the risk of having it in the other eye increases which is associated with retinal detachment.