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Retinal detachment is a major eye condition that can cause total vision loss if it is not immediately treated. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of each eye that captures images, and then passes them through the optic nerve to your brain. If the retina begins to detach from the supportive tissue layer that holds it in place, blindness can set in.
Spots and flashes of light in your vision – known as “floaters and flashes” – are the most common signs of retinal detachment. If you are noticing these symptoms, call us at (888) 339-8143 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. One in seven people who notice the immediate onset of floaters and flashes will experience retinal detachment.
Other Symptoms of Retinal Detachment
Besides floaters and flashes, other common signs of a detached retina include blurry vision, and the appearance of a shadow or “curtain” that seems to close in from the side or top of your eye. These symptoms may occur gradually over time as your retina continues to shift out of position, or they may occur suddenly in the retina detaches right away. Although retinal detachment is not painful, it must be treated as quickly as possible in order to save your vision.
What Causes Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachment can be caused by an injury to the eye or face, or by high levels of nearsightedness (myopia). People with extreme myopia have thinner retinas, which makes them more prone to loosening.
Retinal detachment can also be caused by the growth of new blood vessels in the retina, which push it away from the supportive network of tissue that holds it in place. This can happen as a result of diabetic retinopathy.
How is Retinal Detachment Treated?
If you are experiencing retinal detachment, surgical repair is possible. The odds of a successful surgery will depend on the underlying cause of retinal detachment, the severity, and the location of the retina. There is more than one approach to retinal detachment surgery:
- Scleral buckling surgery – A tiny band of silicone is placed on the outside of the eye, helping it compress inward so the retina re-attaches to your eye’s interior wall.
- Vitrectomy – The vitreous fluid in your eye is replaced with a clear silicone oil that helps push the detached portion of the retina back into place.
- Pneumatic retinopexy – A miniscule amount of gas is injected into the vitreous fluid in your eye to help push the detached portion of the retina back into place.
If you are experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (888) 339-8143 to schedule an appointment with board-certified Los Angeles eye surgeon Dr. Rajesh Khanna. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.