Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal tears and detachments happen when the retina (the inner lining of the eye) is damaged. The retina is a layer of tissue that’s light-sensitive and sends visual information through the optic nerve to the brain. Without it, we are unable to see.

A retinal tear is a small break in this inner lining. Retinal tears can have many causes and can happen at any age. Aging, eye trauma, eye surgery, or being drastically nearsighted may cause retinal tears or detachments.

Treating Retinal Damage

Tears and detachments can be treated with laser surgery or an advanced “freezing” process. Both of these treatment options attempt to keep the retina in place and keep it from fully detaching. If tears are not treated quickly, this layer of tissue can eventually detach from the inside of the eye. Detachment causes permanent vision loss.

Retinal detachment describes a much larger separation of the retina tissues. Although it is not exclusive to older people, it’s more common in those over age 40. If detected early enough, retinal detachment can be treated with the procedures used for some tears. More intricate surgery may be necessary. This procedure uses gas to push the retina together with the wall of the eye to allow for reattachment.

Symptoms of Retinal Tears and Detachments

Symptoms of these retinal conditions may include seeing flashes or floaters, sudden blurry vision, and seeing an area of dark vision.

If you notice changes to your eyesight or have other questions regarding your eye health, please call us right away. Make sure to mention any changes to our staff during your appointment. Serious problems can develop if left untreated, or if too much time passes between eye exams.

We’re happy to schedule an exam time that is convenient for you, or to work you in as soon as possible, in case of an eye emergency.

Eye Care Optometric

Eye Care Optometric

March 23rd, 2020

In Response to the order to “Shelter in Place” to protect our community from the Corona virus, we are forced to close our office to help limit possible spread of the virus. We are staying open March 20, 23 and 24 to wrap up some cases and dispense glasses to patients waiting for them. We sanitize between each case as always and continually wipe down surfaces.

Please cancel your appointment if you are ill, coughing, have fever, traveled out of the country within 2 weeks or have been around sick people. If you are picking up glasses or contact lenses and have risks, call us and designate someone to pick up. If you feel uncomfortable coming into our office during this time, call to tell us you are coming and then again when you get to our parking lot call and we will bring them out to your car. We can also make arrangements to mail glasses and Contact Lenses to you.

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