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 in Napa, CA, will listen to your concerns and examine your eyes thoroughly and provide optimal treatment for retinal detachment.
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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 of a torn retina 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 in Napa, CA, you may have some mild discomfort in your eye, and you may experience temporary blurred vision.
Retinal tears and detachment FAQ
Does a retinal detachment hurt?
The retinal detachment itself is painless. The warning signs will most likely occur before it happens or has advanced.
What are the symptoms of a torn retina?
The symptoms of a torn retina can include the appearance of eye floaters (tiny specks) in your field of vision. You may also experience eye flashers and reduced vision. Contact our eye specialists in Napa, CA, for more information about treatment for retinal detachment.
Can you still see with a detached retina?
If you only have a small part of the retina detached, you may not notice any signs. While you may see floaters and squiggly lines in your field of vision, you will still be able to see with a torn retina.
When should you seek treatment for a detached retina?
As soon as you start to notice changes in your vision, it is important to schedule an appointment with the eye specialists in Napa, CA. The sooner you receive treatment, the easier the healing process will be.
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.