A retinal detachment is a very serious, sight-threatening condition in which your retina is pulled away from its proper position. Symptoms like floaters or flashes of light may be signs of a retinal detachment, so reaching out for help immediately is critical if you experience these problems. The Simply Eyes team in Colleyville has been helping patients with eye emergencies for over a decade, and they are here for you now. Book your appointment online or call the office for help.
The retina is the tissue inside your eye. When light enters your eye, it travels through the cornea, pupil, and lens to reach your retina. Your retina turns the light into signals, and sends those signals through your optic nerve so your brain can then process them as images. Without a fully functional retina, you will have distorted sight or vision loss.
A gel-like fluid, known as the vitreous, fills the area between the lens and retina inside your eye. Occasionally, you may see spots, lines, or other small shapes known as floaters in your vision, which may occur when a small fibers within your vitreous casts a shadow on your retina.
As the body ages, the vitreous can contract slightly and tug on your retina. This can cause streaks of light or flashing lights in your vision, which are known as flashes.
Although age-related vitreous shrinkage does not usually cause issues, in some cases the traction from the vitreous pulling on the retina may lead to a tear. The tear leaves the retina vulnerable, so when intraocular fluid travels under the tear, it could actually lift your retina out of position. This is known as a retinal detachment.
If you have a retinal tear or detachment, you typically have symptoms that include:
These symptoms are serious and require immediate attention. If you suspect a retinal tear or detachment, see your Simply Eyes doctor immediately.
The earlier you receive treatment, the less likely you will lose your vision. If you recognize symptoms while the problem is still limited to a retinal tear, a retinal specialist can often treat it with in-office laser procedures. Although, if you suffer from a retinal detachment, you will typically need surgery to repair the damage.
When you have regular comprehensive eye exams, your Simply Eyes doctor will check your retinal health as a preventative eye health measure.
If you suspect a retinal tear or detachment, preserve your vision by seeking help immediately. Book your appointment through online scheduling or by calling Simply Eyes today.