Understanding retinal detachment

The retina plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision. However, there are conditions that can occur which require immediate diagnosis and treatment to avoid more serious problems that can result in the loss of vision. One such condition that can impact the retina and vision is that of retinal detachment.

What is retinal detachment?

Dr. H. John Shammas of Shammas Eye Medical Center in Southern California describes retinal detachment as the removal of the retina from the wall of the eyeball. The retain is a layer of tissue that resides in the back of the eye. It communicates through the optic nerve to provide visual information to the brain. When the retina detaches from the eye, it can result in the loss of blood flow and impact one’s vision permanently. Because time is of the essence when retinal detachment occurs, patients who are experiencing the signs and symptoms should contact an eye doctor as soon a possible for diagnosis and treatment.

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Common symptoms of retinal detachment include:

• Increase in the number of floaters in one’s line of vision

• Flashing lights in the vision

• A shadowing or loss of peripheral vision

• Sharp darkening of the vision

Who is at risk of experiencing retinal detachment?

There are certain risk factors that can increase one’s chance for experiencing retinal detachment. Some of these risks include patients who:

• Are over the age of 40

• Have extreme near-sightedness

• Have been diagnosed with lattice degeneration

• Experience trauma of the eye

• Have had cataract or other eye surgeries

• Experienced previous retinal detachment problems

• Have a family history of retinal tears or detachment

What treatment can address retinal detachment?

An eye physician who diagnoses retinal detachment will discuss treatment options with patients. The treatment often require the reattachment of the retina to the wall of the eye to restore blood supply and normal positioning. Any holes or tears need to be repaired at the same time to avoid impacting one’s vision. Treatment can be achieved with surgery or lasers, depending on the severity of the detachment. retinal detachmentAn eye physician who diagnoses retinal detachment will discuss treatment options with patients. The treatment often require the reattachment of the retina to the wall of the eye to restore blood supply and normal positioning. Any holes or tears need to be repaired at the same time to avoid impacting one’s vision. Treatment can be achieved with surgery or lasers, depending on the severity of the detachment.

Schedule your appointment at Shammas Eye Medical Center today!

If you live in the area of Southern California and are in need of a routine examination or education on your ye health and wellness, we welcome you to book a visit with Dr. H. John Shammas and his team. The Shammas Eye Medical Center is available to assist new and existing patients with their vision needs.

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