RETINAL TEARS & RETINAL DETACHMENT
Although rare, in some patients, the retinal tugging that is causing the flashes of light could lead to a tear in the retina. The tears usually occur in the periphery where the gel may be tugging on the retina. If a tear occurs, then fluid inside the eye can travel through the tear and track between the retina and the back wall of the eye, separating the retina off the back wall of the eye. This is called a retinal detachment. Wherever the retina is detached, there is no vision. Since this usually occurs first in the periphery, it may be experienced as a total loss of vision in the peripheral field of view as if a curtain is being pulled across the vision from the side, and it may advance across the center of vision.
Treatments for RETINAL TEARS AND DETACHMENT
If a tear is noticed during your examination, a simple in-office procedure can be performed to weld the tear so that fluid cannot track through it, leading to a detachment. This procedure is quick and painless, with minimal recovery time.
If a retinal detachment is noticed, surgery will need to be performed to reattach the retina. The sooner a retinal detachment is noticed, the better chances for excellent vision recovery. If you have any changes in your vision, give our office a call as soon as possible.