A detached retina is considered an emergency situation where the retina (a thin, light, sensitive tissue that lines the back wall of the inside of the eye) is pulled from its normal position. When your retina is detached, it doesn’t receive oxygen and nourishment from a layer of blood vessels. The longer it’s left untreated, the greater the risk of permanent vision loss in that eye. Learn more about the common causes of a detached retina to prevent possible vision loss.
Retinal detachment is actually, in fact, painless. Fortunately, there are other warning signs. Many of these symptoms are clear reasons why it’s very important to have an annual, comprehensive eye exam, even for minor eye issues.
Common symptoms for retinal detachment include
It’s important to note that these symptoms do not mean you have a detached retina. However, if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, contact your opthalmologist for a complete, comprehensive exam.
There are three main common causes of a detached retina.
RHEGMATOGENOUS. The most common type of retinal detachment. Rhegmatogenous is caused by a hole or tear in the retina, which allows fluid to pass through and collect and ultimately pulls the retina away from underlying tissues. The areas where the retina detaches will lose blood supply and will cause vision loss if left untreated for an extended period of time.
The most common cause of this is aging. There is no sure-fire way to prevent rhegmatogenous, but there are steps you can take to control the result of your eyes. This includes wearing protective eyewear when working with tools or when you are outside in the sun, also if you have diabetes, controlling your blood sugar and seeing your doctor regularly.
TRACTIONAL. This type of retinal detachment is typically seen in people who have poorly controlled diabetes or other conditions. It can occur when scar tissue grows on the retina’s surface, ultimately causing the retina to pull away from the back of the eye.
EXUDATIVE. Exudative detachment can be caused by age-related macular degeneration, an injury to the eye, tumors, or inflammatory disorders. In this type of detachment, fluid accumulates beneath the retina without holes or tears.
Often, detached retina issues are caused by blunt trauma or injury as well as age-related conditions. Vision can be disrupted by retinal blood vessels that leak fluid into the inner portion of the eye where gel-like fluid would normally be (vitreous).
Sometimes. While the most common symptoms of retinal detachment don’t individually pose a threat, multiple symptoms together pose a reason for concern. If you develop floaters, flashing lights, or other changes in your vision, see your trusted opthalmologist immediately. Early detection is the best prevention when it comes to treating retinal tears, detachments, and other serious issues.
When is the last time you’ve had an eye exam? Schedule an eye exam with Dr. Walman Team today! An annual eye exam can flag early changes in your eyes that you may not notice, and ultimately prevent problems down the road.
Additionally, if you are nearsighted, you are at a higher risk for detachment. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, it’s important to keep those under control. As always, wear eye protection when working with tools, when outside in the sun, and when working with chemicals.
Surgery has proven a high success rate for the treatment of retinal detachment if the condition has been detected early enough. Typical surgical procedures include
To ensure that treatment can be effective, anyone experiencing retinal detachment symptoms should be given medical attention within 24 hours. Surgical means for the treatment of retinal detachment are highly successful and highly recommended. Are you experiencing retinal detachment symptoms? Schedule a consultation today.