Retinal Detachment

Know the risk factors for retinal detachment

The retina serves as the crucial translator for your sight.  It converts light from the outside world into nerve signals in the brain.  Unless this transformation happens, the light focused on the eyes would be useless for navigating our environment.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position — a serious condition that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment.

Sometimes, small areas of the retina are torn. Called retinal tears or retinal breaks, they can ultimately lead to retinal detachment. Knowing the symptoms can be a warning of this occurrence, and include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters (little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision), light flashes in the eye, and a darkening of peripheral vision.

Are you at risk?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but commonly in people over age 40, affecting more men than women. The condition is more likely to occur in people who:

  • are extremely nearsighted
  • have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
  • have a family history of retinal detachment
  • have had cataract surgery
  • have other eye diseases or disorders
  • have had eye injury

Small holes and tears of retinal detachment are treated with laser surgery or a freeze treatment called cryopexy, both of which can be performed in the doctor’s office. It is crucial to heed these warning signs, for delaying treatment can cause permanent blindness in the affected eye, when the retina cannot be re-attached.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If you are experiencing symptoms, see an eye care professional immediately. Regular eye exams can also flag early changes in your eyes that can prevent future problems. At the office of Retina Group of Washington, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.