Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal tears and detachments are conditions where the inner lining of the eye called the retina is torn leading to separation from the inner wall of the eye.  A retinal tear describes a break in the retina, whereas a retinal detachment describes a separation of the retina from it’s normal position.  Symptoms include, sudden onset of flashing lights and/or floaters or having a shade cover part of the peripheral vision.

Prompt evaluation is important should these symptoms occur!  Please contact us immediately should you experience these symptoms.  A dilated eye exam is very important to determine if a retina tear or detachment has occurred.  Permanent eyesight loss may occur if the retina problem is not treated in a timely manner.  Various new methods of retinal surgery are used successfully to preserve eyesight when the condition is treated promptly!