Retinal Tears & Detachment
A retinal tear occurs when the vitreous gel, which fills the inside of the eye, pulls away from the retina, creating a tear. If the tear is along a blood vessel of the retina, bleeding into the vitreous gel may result, causing a shower of floaters and/or flashes.
Retinal tears pose a significant threat because fluid can enter through the tear under the retina, causing retinal detachment. Similar to wallpaper peeling from a wall, the retinal tissue can develop folds or come completely away from its proper position along the interior of the eye, resulting in loss of vision.
Retinal tears and detachment usually involve the following symptoms:
- Floaters: These are small specks that float inside the eye. Floaters may look like gnats, threads, or cobwebs and often go unnoticed until they drift into the line of sight.
- Flashes: These are seen as quick bursts of light, often resembling lightning bolts. They may be seen in conjunction with floaters.
- Curtains / Veils: The onset of a dark shadow over a portion of the vision may be an indication of retinal detachment.
Correcting Retinal Tears & Detachment
The ophthalmologists at Philadelphia Retina Associates offer the most innovative treatment methods to correct retinal tears and/or detachment.
For example, advanced laser surgery can be used to seal the retina to the back wall of the eye. Laser treatment is a popular choice because it causes patients little to no discomfort and offers a rapid recovery time.
If more advanced surgery is required, our doctors will recommend the most appropriate one based on your individual needs. Our surgical capabilities include scleral buckling, pneumatic retinopexy, and vitrectomy.
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Ophthalmologists in Philadelphia, PA
For more information about retinal tears and detachment, call Philadelphia Retina Associates at (215) 335-3088 or request an appointment now. If you have a patient who may require treatment for a retinal tear or detachment, please call us or use our secure patient referral form.