Retinal Detachment: Risks, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Retinal Detachment: Risks, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Retinal Detachment: Risks, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and TreatmentBy Bharti Eye Hospitals, Ophthalmology

Retinal detachment is a very serious eye condition. It occurs when the retina separates from the rest of the eye. Since the retina does not work correctly in this situation, you might permanently lose your vision if the detached retina is not reattached properly. Here is everything you need to know about retinal detachment…

Risks-

  1. Nearsightedness
  2. Eye injuries
  3. Cataract surgeries
  4. Family and medical history

Symptoms- A detached retina does not hurt. However there are several symptoms which may indicate that you have a detached retina. These include:

  1. Vision Problems: This includes seeing flashes of light as well as seeing floaters. Floaters are tiny spots and specks which drift around in your vision.
  2. Peripheral Vision: Retinal detachment also leads to darkening of your peripheral vision.

Diagnosis-

  1. Eye Exam: Only a comprehensive eye exam is enough to diagnose retinal detachment.

Treatment-

  1. Cryopexy and Laser Treatment: Cryopexy and laser treatment can only be done if the condition is diagnosed in its early stages.
  2. Pneumatic Retinopexy: This procedure can only be used to treat this condition if the tear in the eye is small and easy to close. This procedure works by injecting a small gaseous bubble into the eye, which then rises and closes the tear.
  3. Vitrectomy: This is the only procedure which can be used for large tears. A vitrectomy is when a saline solution replaces the vitreous which has been removed.