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.
A: The most common cause of retinal detachment is a tear or hole in the retina, which causes the liquid from inside the eyeball to seep through. Head trauma, old age, cataract surgery, extreme nearsightedness are all risk factors of having a retinal detachment.
Another less common cause of retinal detachment is tractional detachment. In this case, scar tissues or other tissues grow on your retina, causing it to pull away with time. It is more common in people with advanced diabetic eye diseases.
Retinal detachment is a serious condition and must be treated by a doctor at the earliest.
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A: Retinal detachment occurs when the retina of your eye gets pulled away from its normal position at the back of your eye. A detached retina cannot heal on its own and needs immediate medical aid.
If a detached retina is not treated at the earliest, it can cause vision loss either partially or sometimes even entirely. Treatment can be done through surgery, as recommended. So, if you are experiencing any floaters, blurry vision, or loss of vision, you should immediately contact an ophthalmologist or seek medical help.
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A: Retinal detachment occurs when the retina leaves its normal position at the back of your eye and pulls away.
The warning signs of a detached retina include:
The longer you leave your retina untreated, the higher the risk of permanent vision loss will be. If you notice any of these warning signs, seek immediate medical aid.
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A: If you observe any symptoms of retinal detachment, such as blurred vision, you must visit an ophthalmologist who will perform different checks to confirm retinal detachment.
A few other signs which are indicative of a retinal detachment are tiny specks/floaters in the eye, reduction of side vision and a grey shadow over your field of vision.
At Medcare, we first carry out a retinal examination with the help of bright light and special lenses. This procedure let us examine the retina for any retinal holes, injury, tears, or detachments and prepare the treatment plan.
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. Book an appointment with a Medcare Ophthalmologist for successful treatment today.
A: Complete or partial vision loss is very much possible in the case of retinal detachment if you do not get timely treatment. This happens because once the retina detaches, the retinal cells are left without oxygen and nutrients, which cause them to die off eventually.
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If you observe any symptoms associated with the condition, such as blurred vision, the sudden appearance of floaters, etc., then you must visit a qualified ophthalmologist at the earliest.
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