What will happen if retina gets damaged?

The quality of your vision depends on the health of the retina. The retina is a highly sensitive sensory membrane that receives lights and sends images through the optic nerve to the brain.

Signs of retina damage can range from being slightly irritating to downright scary. You may experience spots floating across your field of vision, blurry vision, double vision, blind spots, or flashes of light. At times, retina damage can be asymptomatic and is diagnosed only during a regular eye checkup. Therefore, it is vital to have a thorough eye checkup at least once a year, especially after you’ve turned 40.

When diagnosed with retina damage, the treatment may involve medication and/or surgery. This would depend on the cause and extent of the damage. The most effective treatments for retina damage are intravitreal injections, thermal and micropulse laser treatment, and vitreo-retinal surgery.

Try not to worry if surgery is required.  In general, the anatomic and functional success rates of retina surgery are fairly high, but it could depend on a number of factors, including the onset of the retina problem or the timing of surgery.

While the procedure doesn’t take long, you may need two-to-four weeks before resuming to normal activities. Your doctor may prescribe the use of antibiotic eye drops for the first week and anti-inflammatory eye drops for a few weeks after the surgery.