Detached and Torn Retina
There are many reasons why your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) can sustain damage, causing a tear or a partial or complete detachment.
- Eye inflammation
- Fluid collection under the retina due to injury
- The contraction of vitreous gel inside the eye that pulls on the retina
- Retinal scar tissue
Aging, genetics and extreme nearsightedness (myopia) are factors that can increase your risk of retinal detachment.
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Dr. Pendleton has treated thousands patients with retinal disorders.
Symptoms of a Detached Retina
You may overlook the subtle symptoms of a retinal tear; that’s why regular eye exams are so vitally important to your eye health. However, in the case of a full retinal detachment, you may experience an onset of these symptoms:
- Floaters Cobweb-like specks or dark shadows/spots moving in your vision
- Flashes of light
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Wavy vision
- Loss of vision
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact our office right away: retinal detachment is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention to protect your vision.
Detached & Torn Retina Treatment
The right treatment will depend on the size, severity, and location of the detachment or tear. Dr. Robert Pendleton may recommend:
- Vitretomy: removal of the vitreous gel to reduce contraction; a gas or oil bubble may be inserted into the eye after vitrectomy to help restore the retina into position
- Pneumatic retinopexy: rather than removing the vitreous gel, a gas bubble is injected into the gel to reattach the retina. This technique is only appropriate for detachments of the upper portions of the retina
- Scleral buckle: a flexible silicone band is positioned on the outside of the eye to gently push the white of the eye (sclera) inward.
- Retina laser surgery: small detachments can be treated with laser burns made around the tear to reseal it and prevent further detachment
- Cryopexy: application of intense cold to the tear that produces a scar to reattach the retina
To learn more about retinal tear and detachment treatment in Carlsbad, California, contact us today.