Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is a serious condition where the retina, a critical layer of tissue at the back of the eye that processes light, becomes separated from its underlying support tissue. This condition can result in significant vision loss or even permanent blindness if not promptly addressed. Individuals who have undergone cataract surgery may be at an increased risk of experiencing retinal detachment. Symptoms can include flashes of light, loss of peripheral vision, and the appearance of new floaters, which are small flecks or threads seen in one’s vision.

There are three primary types of retinal detachment: Rhegmatogenous, Tractional, and Exudative.

  • Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment: This is the most common form, occurring when a tear or hole in the retina allows fluid to accumulate underneath, separating the retina from its underlying tissue.
  • Tractional Retinal Detachment: Less common, this type occurs when scar tissue on the retina’s surface contracts and pulls the retina from its normal position. It is often associated with diabetes mellitus.
  • Exudative Detachment: Caused by retinal diseases leading to fluid accumulation under the retina without tears or breaks. Conditions such as inflammation, tumors, or macular degeneration can contribute to this type of detachment.

Retinal Detachment Repair

Repairing a detached retina is a critical procedure that requires surgical intervention. The type of surgery recommended depends on the specific characteristics of the detachment. Surgical options for retinal detachment repair include:

  • Pneumatic Retinopexy: This involves injecting a gas bubble into the eye to push the retina back into place. The patient then must maintain a specific head position to keep the bubble properly oriented.
  • Scleral Buckling: This procedure involves attaching a silicone band around the eye to gently push the wall of the eye against the detached retina.
  • Vitrectomy: Here, the vitreous gel that is pulling on the retina is removed and replaced with a gas bubble to reposition the retina. Over time, the body naturally replaces the gas with aqueous fluid.

After the retinal detachment repair, close follow-up care with an ophthalmologist is crucial to monitor the healing process and to manage any potential complications. Early detection and treatment of retinal detachment are key to preventing permanent vision loss.

Preventing Further Retinal Issues

Maintaining regular eye examinations, especially if you’re at a higher risk for retinal issues, is vital. Conditions like diabetes should be carefully managed to prevent the development of tractional retinal detachment and other eye complications. Immediate attention to symptoms such as sudden flashes of light, an increase in floaters, or a shadow that appears in the periphery of your vision can save your sight.

Concerned About Retinal Detachment? Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Experiencing symptoms like flashes of light, new floaters, or loss of peripheral vision can be alarming. These signs warrant immediate attention to prevent permanent vision loss. At Empire Retina Consultants, we specialize in diagnosing and treating all types of retinal detachments with state-of-the-art surgical procedures tailored to each patient’s needs. Our dedicated team of retina specialists is committed to restoring and preserving your vision.

Take the first step towards securing your eye health. Give us a call at 718-646-2025 to learn more about how we can help you with retinal detachment repair and other retinal conditions. Schedule your appointment today and give your eyes the care they deserve.