Retinal Tears / Detatchment

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.

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.

Retinal Detachment

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:

  • Flashing lights in your line of vision
  • Noticing many new floaters at once (these can look like specks, lines or cobwebs in your field of vision)
  • A shadow appearing in your peripheral vision
  • A gray curtain covering part of your field of vision

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:

  • Laser Retinopexy
  • Pneumatic Retinopexy
  • Vitrectomy
  • Scleral Buckle

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


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