Retinal Tears and Detachment in Napa, CA

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What Are Retinal Tears and Detachment?

Tears or detachments in the retina typically occur when the vitreous gel in the eye starts to shrink and degenerate as we age. This can also be brought on by eye trauma or surgery. The vitreous gel adheres to the retina and tugs on it causing a tear and, if left untreated, could lead to a detachment. Additionally, retinal detachment can occur in diabetic patients that have damaged blood vessels in the back of the eye. These retinal tears and detachments are painless, so we encourage you to make an appointment at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley if you notice new floaters, flashes, or see “curtains” covering part of your vision. Our board-certified ophthalmologists will listen to your concerns and examine your eyes thoroughly.

What Can I Expect from Retinal Tear or Detachment Treatment?

If you notice increased flashes, floaters, hazy vision, or issues with your peripheral sight, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley as soon as possible to prevent long-term damage. Early detection is vital in preventing the retina from detaching. If you have a retinal tear, we offer laser treatments to create a barrier around the tear and prevent fluid from entering and pulling off more of the retina. This procedure decreases the risk of further detachment significantly. During this procedure, we will numb your eye with an anesthetic eye drop. We will then use the laser to create a barrier around the tear. The light from the laser will seal the area around the tear, and stop fluid from traveling underneath your retina. After this relatively quick procedure, you may have some mild discomfort in your eye and you may experience temporary blurred vision.

Treat Your Retinal Tear or Detachment

If you have started to notice signs of a retinal tear, including flashes and floaters or a problematic peripheral view, Eye Specialists of Napa Valley may be able to prevent future damage with laser treatment. Our board-certified Napa, CA ophthalmologists can examine your eyes to check for tears or detachment and work with you to manage them to prevent vision loss. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Napa, CA ophthalmology office today.

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