Detached & Torn Retina Treatment
A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless treated. The appearance of flashing lights, floating objects, or a gray curtain moving across the field of vision are all indications of a retinal detachment.
If any of these occur, see your ophthalmologist right away. This is a very serious condition that can have a debilitating impact on the rest of your life if emergency treatment is not sought immediately.
Aging increases the risk for retinal tears
As one gets older, the vitreous inside of the eye tends to shrink slightly and take on a more watery consistency. Sometimes as the vitreous shrinks it exerts enough force on the retina to make it tear.
Retinal tears increase the chance of developing a retinal detachment. Vitreous fluid, passing through the tear, lifts the retina off the back of the eye like wallpaper peeling off a wall. A retinal detachment begins as a small hole in the retina. As fluid collects behind the retina, more of it is detached. If the retina is detached, it must be reattached before sealing the retinal tear.
Treatment procedures for retinal tearing and detachment
Most retinal holes or tears can be treated with laser therapy or cryotherapy to prevent their progression to a full-scale detachment. If a retinal detachment occurs, your surgeon will recommend scleral buckling, pneumatic retinopexy or vitrectomy to treat the detachment.