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how does a doctor know whether someone has a retinal detachment over the phone?

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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Symptoms: Careful questioning of the patients symptoms, asking about new floaters in the vision, whether or not flashes of light are seen, and if there is any loss of peripheral vision can give a doctor a reasonably good idea about whether there is a retinal detachment, or not. The only way to know for sure, though, is with a thorough dilated retinal examination.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Not really: The symptoms described over the phone such as flashing lights, floaters, and vision loss, and the patient's history may suggest the diagnosis, but the only way to know is to get a dilated examination.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is retinal detachment?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Elevated retina: A retinal detachment is a separation of the retina from the eye wall. It can be caused by a tear or hole that allows fluid from the middle of the eye to get under the retina and elevate it, by an inflammatory process that allows fluid to collect under the retina, or by scarring inside the eye that pulls the retina away from the eye wall. Retinal detachment often requires surgical intervention.
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What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Painless: This is a painless disease. Symptoms include: the sudden appearance of many floaters — small bits of debris in your field of vision that look like spots, hairs or strings and seem to float before your eyes- sudden flashes of light in one or both eyes a shadow or curtain over a portion of your visual field.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How is retinal detachment treated?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Variety of ways: Depending upon the location and extent of the break the following techniques may be employed: laser, gas injection, encircling retinal buckle, vitrectomy, cryo freezing of the tear. Your retinal surgeon will determine the best method.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is involved in retinal cryopexy in the case of retinal detachment?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Freeze therapy: When tears in the retina are identified, a goal of intervention is to seal the tear (like spot-welding it closed) to prevent fluid from getting underneath the retina. Cryotherpay does just that by applying a very cold probe to the outside of the eye to freeze small spots around the tear. Local numbing medicine is usually used before the cryotherapy to minimize tha discomfort.
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How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Dilated exam: A retinal tear of detachment requires dilation of the pupil and an extended retinal exam which can entail pushing on the eye slightly with a probe to see the entire retina.

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