The retina is a layer of tissue located on the inner surface of the back of the eye. This light-sensitive tissue is often compared to the film in a camera because it converts light entering the eye into electrical impulses. The impulses are then delivered to the brain and transformed into visual images.
If this tissue becomes separated from the blood vessels that are feeding it, you will have developed an emergency condition called retinal detachment.
A detached retina will stop receiving the necessary oxygen for it to work properly. If left untreated, permanent vison loss will occur.
Symptoms of Retinal Detachment
- Flashes of light
- Darkness in part of your vision that can grow quickly
- Presence of eye floaters – strings or spots of debris that impede your vision
There is typically no pain associated with retinal detachment.
Causes of Retinal Detachment
- Contraction of your eye’s inner vitreous gel
- Retinal hole or tear
- Eye inflammation or disease
- Extreme myopia or nearsightedness
Treatment Options for Retinal Detachment
Your chance for a successful retinal detachment surgery and restoration of lost vision will depend on how long you lived with the condition and how much of your retina was affected. Treatment options include:
- Vitrectomy: removal of the vitreous gel causing the retina to detach and the injection of gas, air or liquid into the space
- Scleral buckling: surgical addition of a silicone rubber or sponge to the white of the eye to relieve the force caused by the detachment
- Pneumatic Retinopexy: injection of a gas or air bubble into the vitreous gel to halt fluids from entering the space behind the retina
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of retinal detachment in Victoria, TX, contact us immediately to schedule an eye exam so Dr. Boozalis can diagnose your vision problem and provide the right treatment to promote retinal reattachment.