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Retinal Tears / Detachment

Retinal Tears and Retinal Detachment

The inside of the back of the eye is filled with a jelly-like substance called the vitreous which is attached to the retina. When we are born the vitreous is firm and clear. As we age, the vitreous liquefies, forms clumps that we may see as floaters and it eventually pulls away from the back of the eye where it is attached to the retina. In some people, as the vitreous changes and pulls away from the retina, it can cause a tear in the retina. The development of a tear is more common in patients with certain eye conditions, a family history of retinal tears or after trauma to the eye.

Comparison between a healthy eye (left) and eye with Retinal Vein Artery Occlusion (right)

Retinal tears are a cause for concern because they can lead to a retinal detachment by allowing fluid to go through the tear and separate the retina from the underlying tissue. If tears are identified and treated in a timely fashion then the chances of developing a retinal detachment are greatly reduced. In the case of a retinal detachment, the vision can be significantly decreased and oftentimes requires surgery for correction.

What are the Symptoms of a Detached Retina?

A detached retina needs to be examined by a trained retina specialist right away. Otherwise, you risk losing vision in that eye. Call our office immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:

How is a Retinal Tear or Retinal Detachment Treated?

Depending on the severity of your retinal tear or detachment, treatment can range from office-based procedures to surgical solutions, including:

Our experienced retina specialist will work one-on-one with you to form the best treatment plan for your unique situation.


The Mann Eye Institute is a leading eye care facility with seventeen locations in Humble, West Humble, Houston, Central Austin, North Austin, Sugar Land, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands, Livingston, Bay City, Pearland, Baytown, Tomball and Cleveland, Texas. With various locations in the Houston and Austin areas we can provide the full continuum of care, including; designer eyewear and eye care needs, LASIK eye surgery, cataract surgery, premium lens implants and dry eye treatment options. If you are seeking expert eye doctors in Texas contact us today!

Copperfield Office
6860 Highway 6 North, Ste. A
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 500-9605

Pearland Office
10223 Broadway St., Ste. J
Pearland, TX 77584
(281) 971-9332

Spring Office
2616 FM 2920 Ste. I
Spring, TX 77388
(281) 353-8300

Tomball Office
14079 FM 2920
Tomball, TX 77377
(346) 701-4029

Katy Office
750 Westgreen Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 392-3937

Humble - Deerbrook Office
9802 FM 1960 W, Ste. 110
Humble, Texas 77338
(281) 446-9333

Sugar Land Office
6424 E. Riverpark Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(713) 580-2525

Humble - S. Memorial Office
18850 S. Memorial Blvd.
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 446-7900

Livingston Office
1601 US-59 Loop North, Ste. 100
Livingston, Texas 77351
(936) 327-3937

Cleveland Office
429 West Southline
Cleveland, TX 77327
(281) 592-4343

Bay City Office
3612 Avenue F
Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 244-1450

Baytown Office
4750 East Freeway
Baytown, TX 77521
(281) 421-2020

South Austin Office
2600 Via Fortuna, Ste. 400
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-4123

North Austin Office
4314 W. Braker Lane Ste. 215
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 200-3937

Sun City Office
1530 Sun City Blvd., Ste. 150
Georgetown, TX 78633
(512) 327-3792

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