Detached and Torn Retina

A detached or torn retina is a serious condition that occurs when the thin tissue at the back of the eye becomes ripped or separated from the pigmented cell layer that nourishes it. A complete detachment is considered a medical emergency: damage to the retina will cause blindness if left untreated.

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

  • Cobweb-like specks in your vision
  • A dark shadow over your vision
  • Flashes
  • Wavy vision
  • Vision loss

Causes of Retinal Detachment

A retinal detachment can happen to anyone – even those who have excellent vision. If you have a family history of retinal detachment, suffered an eye injury, have an eye disease or are extremely nearsighted, you may be at a higher risk of developing this condition. Caucasians and men are more likely to develop the condition.

Retinal detachment is often caused by the shrinking and contracting of the natural vitreous gel that is located within the eye. This can lead to pulling on the retinal tissue, creating a break or complete detachment. If there is a tear, fluid can collect underneath the retina causing further eye damage.

Treatment for Retinal Detachment

Dr. Breno da Rocha Lima is our medical retina specialist in Jacksonville who can diagnose and treat a retina tear or detachment using the best method for your unique situation:

  • Vitretomy: involves the removal of the vitreous gel to reduce retinal pulling; a gas or oil bubble may be injected to refill the inner eye chamber
  • Pneumatic retinopexy: the vitreous gel is not removed; instead a gas bubble is injected into the eye to gently push against the detachment and reattach the retina
  • Scleral buckle: a flexible band made of plastic, rubber, or silicone is placed on the white of the eyes (sclera) to reduce tugging caused by the shrinking and contracting of the vitreous gel
  • Retina laser surgery: tiny burns are made around the retina using a laser to reconnect the tissue
  • Cryopexy: intense cold is applied to the retinal tear; the resulting scar aids in reattaching the retina

If you have experienced (and been treated for) a retinal detachment in the past, it is possible to redevelop the condition – especially if you have existing scar tissue on the retina.

Find Out if You Have a Retinal Detachment in Jacksonville

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