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Operculated Retinal Tear
Visual changes: When the retina tears (usually leading to retinal detachment) you will experience light flashes and streaks even with the eyes shut, large quantities of floaters, a pattern of veins like the veins on a leaf in your view and a greying out of the vision. As it advances the vision drop it is not painful so that is not a clue. If you have any or all of these, you need to see an ophthalmologist pronto. ...Read more
Age: The vitreous jelly changes as we age and it pulls away from the back of the eye (retina) - a posterior vitreous detachment. During this process, if the jelly pulls hard enough on the retina (especially in a thin or weak area) it can tear the retina which can subsequently detach. Other risk factors include myopia, cataract surgery, head/eye trauma, family history, lattice degeneration, etc. ...Read more
Retinal traction: Most retinal rears are caused by traction on the retina by the vitreous gel, sometimes in association with weaknesses in the retina related to high eye nearsightedness, retinal injuries, old retinal scarring, etc. As the eye ages, the vitreous gel naturally liquifies and detatches from the retina, a posterior retinal detachment. Residual areas of traction can cause retinal tears/detachment. ...Read more
Flashes and floaters: The warning signs for a retinal tear are flashes of light (like a streak of lightening) and a sudden increase in floaters. This needs to be checked as tears are, relatively, easily treated, retinal detachments are much more involved. Untreated tears can become detachments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fairly rare: Do you have symptoms suggestive of a retinal tear or detachment? If so, get a complete eye exam immediately to rule these out. Symptoms include a new onset of floaters or flashing lights in the vision, a loss of vision, a loss of peripheral vision, a sensation of a curtain coming over the vision, "cobwebs" in the vision, etc. Retinal tears and detachments are otherwise rare but treatable. ...Read more
See below: Flashes, floaters, and/or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obscuring your vision) indicate a need for an urgent dilated retinal examination to rule out a retinal tear or detachment. Rarely, one can have a retinal tears without any symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sat. Pm-have symptoms of retinal tear. What should I do--or not do until I can see dr. On monday?
Even though some small retinal tears don't cause detachment, if a small tear was to cause one, how long would it take, what's the average time?
Retinal tears: Time till detachment depends on many factors such as location, cause of tear, your age: can take minutes to never. Average depends on above but recommend treatment asap. ...Read more
Low risk procedure: A retinal tear can be surrounded by laser, which helps to prevent retinal detachment. One complication is that the treatment is not adequate, and a detachment happens anyway. There can be some discomfort during the laser procedure, but there is virtually no risk of inflammation, and no risk of infection. It is remotely possible that the laser could be applied to an unintended part of the retina. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In several ways: Retinal tears occur due to pulling of gel like structure called vitreous in the eye. Near sightedness, family history, injuries to eye can lead to tears in retina. Sometines retinal tears can progress to retinal detachment with significant vision problems. Some patients needs treatment to prevent retinal detachment. Needs examination by retinal specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: The duration of floaters associated with a retinal tear can vary greatly from patient to patient. While a large proportion of the floaters will likely become less apparent in time, there will always be a few left long term. If the floaters are significantly affecting a patient's vision and their ability to perform their daily activities, surgery can be considered to remove them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Retinal detachment: Due to a hole or "rhegmatogenous rd" can happen spontaneously when the vitreous separates from the retina. This can occur as a result of natural aging in the vitreous. Other causes of retinal holes include trauma and lattice degeneration. Without treatment a retinal detachment will likely lead to loss of vision. ...Read more
Decrease: If the vitreous is totally detached from the retinal surface, then there will be no more tugging on retinal thin points which would be a source of possible retinal tear. It is the non-detached vitreous spots with stronger adhesion that increase the risk of a retinal tear. ...Read more
Usually no: It is hard to imagine a type of massage that would cause problems with a recently repaired retinal tear. To be safe, make sure the treating retina specialist is OK with the activity, s/he knows best about the details of the tear and treatment. In general, adequate healing of a tear treated with laser or cryo should occur within 10-14 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many hours does it maximally take for a retinal tears to detached? Can flashes of streaking light happen on top n corner at diff times in botheyes
Quickly: A retinal tear can lead to a detachment in a hurry. The best treatment is to see a retina specialist as soon as possible. Time is vision! A retinal tear can be treated in the office. A retinal detachment usually requires surgery. Flashing lights are a common symptom of retinal tears or detachment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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