Am I at risk for retinal detachment?
While retinal detachments are not extremely common, they are a very serious condition and can lead to permanent vision loss if not urgently and properly treated.
Retinal detachments are one of the many retinal conditions that our team of retina specialists treat regularly at Austin Retina Associates.
What is a retinal detachment?
A retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye. When the retina becomes detached, the light sensitive cells (photoreceptors) within the retina do not function properly, resulting in impaired vision.
Factors that may cause a retina to detach are trauma to the eye or an eye injury, certain eye diseases, or separation of the vitreous, which can occur with aging and cause tears within the retina.
Common signs of a retinal detachment are:
● Sudden, flashing bright lights in your vision
● Dark floaters in your vision
● Shadows or darkness in your peripheral or side vision
Who is at risk for retinal detachments?
Retinal detachments are most common in people over 50 years of age.
In addition to age-related retinal detachment, you may be at risk for this condition if you have:
● Previous serious eye injuries or surgery for cataracts or glaucoma
● Diabetic retinopathy
● A family history of retinal detachments
● Extreme nearsightedness (myopia)
How is a retinal detachment treated?
It is important to remember if you believe you have suffered a retinal detachment to seek medical help right away.
The most common treatment for retinal detachment repair that our retinal specialists perform is a surgical procedure known as a vitrectomy.
During a vitrectomy, the gel-like vitreous fluid is removed and the fluid beneath the retina is drained. Laser treatment is performed to seal any holes or tears within the retina. A gas bubble is often placed to promote healing and reattachment.
Sometimes a scleral buckle, or tiny silicone band, is implanted to encircle the eye and encourage reattachment.
Following a retina repair surgery, patients are required to rest and maintain a certain head position in the days afterward to ensure that the eye properly heals. Our office will monitor you closely and guide you through the entire healing and recovery process.
Austin Retina Associates offers 24/7 support and same day appointments for serious conditions such as a retinal detachment.
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Austin Retina Associates treats a wide range of retinal conditions. Our experienced team of retina specialists in Austin are dedicated to improving your vision and quality of life.