The retina is the inner lining of the eye; it is the part of the eye that contains light-sensitive tissue and creates vision. Retinal tears can happen as a result of trauma to the eye or a naturally occurring posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).
What is posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)?
The vitreous is a clear gel-like substance that is attached to the retina at birth. With age, PVD occurs when this gel naturally separates from the retina. In most cases, it does not cause any issues. For those with abnormally ‘sticky’ vitreous gel, however, PVD can spontaneously cause retinal tears.
“As commonly discussed with my patients, untreated retinal tears may result in retinal detachment and vision loss,” explains Dr. Agustin Martinez.
What are common symptoms of retinal tears?
Suffering from a retina tear is serious and often requires medical treatment to prevent vision loss. Common symptoms of retinal tears include:
- Sudden onset of black spots or ‘floaters’ in your field of vision
- Photopsia (flashes of light) in one or both eyes
- Blurred vision
- Gradually decreased peripheral (side) vision
- A curtain-like shadow over your visual field
When should I see a doctor?
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, you are at an increased risk of developing retinal detachment. Retinal detachment can cause blindness and should be treated as a medical emergency. The skilled physicians at Austin Retina Associates urge you to seek immediate medical attention, particularly if you:
- Are over the age of 50
- Have a family or personal history of retinal detachment
- Are extremely nearsighted
For excellent care and retinal tears treatment in central Texas, contact Austin Retina Associates at 800-252-8259 to schedule an appointment. We offer comprehensive capabilities few can match, the most advanced treatment and procedures, 24/7 doctor availability, and a highly experienced, knowledgeable and caring staff.