The retina is the thin layer found at the back of your eyes that contains light-sensitive receptors. It converts light rays into nerve signals, which the optic nerve sends to the brain for image interpretation. Certain factors can cause the retina to separate from the underlying tissue, resulting in retinal tears or detachment that may cause visual changes or even blindness.
In today’s post, your trusted eye specialist explains everything you need to know about this condition.
The vitreous is the gel-like sac in the middle of your eye, which is attached to your retina. As you age, the vitreous may shrink, pulling your retina along with it. This may cause your retina to tear or separate from its underlying choroid layer.
The choroid layer contains blood vessels that supply your retina with nutrients and oxygen that it needs to function. Your expert optometrist explains that a torn or detached retina can cut off the retina’s nutrient and oxygen supply, resulting in loss of function. You may see a blind spot in your visual field when this happens. You may also see floating spots, flashes, shadowy lines and develop blurred vision.
People with severe myopia are more likely to experience retinal tears or detachment. Individuals with eye infections, irritations or injuries are also at a higher risk of developing this problem. In addition, studies show that a family history of retinal conditions and diabetes puts you at higher risk.
We’ll first perform a comprehensive eye exam to assess the status of your retina. Upon confirming a torn or detached retina, we may recommend applying a scleral buckle on your eye. Doing so counteracts the vitreous’ pulling force and pushes the wall of your eyes against the retina. We may suggest using a freezing probe or a laser to create scars around your retina, sealing it back in position.
For premier eye care, turn to Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care. Apart from treating torn or detached retinas, we also provide laser eye surgery, corrective eyewear and more. Call us today at (301) 859-4060 or complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve Alexandria, VA, and Potomac and Rockville, MD.