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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Retinal Detachment (Overview)

When the retina peels away from the back part of the eye. This is a serious condition which can lead to blindness.


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How does retinal detachment affect my vision?

How does retinal detachment affect my vision?

Depends on Location: The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss or greying; of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. How severe the vision loss is depends on where there rd is in the retina and how large it is. Some small detachments may not be symptomatic.

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
203 Doctors shared insights

Retinal Detachment (Overview)

When the retina peels away from the back part of the eye. This is a serious condition which can lead to blindness.


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Does retinal detachment come with really obvious symptoms?

Does retinal detachment come with really obvious symptoms?

Usually: The most common symptoms of retinal detachment include a large amount of flaoters or flashes of light that do not improve over a few hours, as well as decreased vision. Occasionally, a small detachment can occur far enough in the periphery of the eye to cause you not to have classical symptoms and possibly think you simply have a new floater.

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What are the tell tale symptoms of retinal detachment?

What are the tell tale symptoms of retinal detachment?

See a retina special: New or worse floaters in your vision or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obstructing the vision) could indicate a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay.

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What are the signs of retinal detachment?

What are the signs of retinal detachment?

Progressive Loss: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss or "greying" of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters.

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How is retinal detachment treated?

How is retinal detachment treated?

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.

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If I am diagnosed with retinal detachment what are the treatment options?

If I am diagnosed with retinal detachment what are the treatment options?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways. --laser treatment --pneumatic retinopexy --scleral buckle --vitrectomy the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen.

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How much does a dilation test for retinal detachment cost?

Part of eye exam: This is part of a complete eye exam done by an ophthalmologist. The retinal detachment is diagnosed by looking at the retina.

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Can some of the iridotomy risks be predicted based on the eye tests pre surgery? Read about retinal detachment after the procedure in some cases.

Can some of the iridotomy risks be predicted based on the eye tests pre surgery? Read about retinal detachment after the procedure in some cases.

Very rare: Have not seen a retinal detachment after routine laser iridotomy. Was reported in the literature as a case report after super high energy used. Maybe could have had an unknown tear that led to the detachment.

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How do you know if you have retinal detachment?

How do you know if you have retinal detachment?

See an eye doctor: You may have new/worse symptoms like flashes, floaters, or partial obstruction of your vision (like a veil or curtain). The only way to know is to have a dilated retinal exam. A retina specialist is required to repair a retinal detachment. If you think you may have one, you must go immediately to the eye doctor.

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What causes retinal detachment to occur?

What causes retinal detachment to occur?

Hole in Retina: An rd is usually caused by a hole or tear in the retina or from membranes pulling on the retina. When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached and vision is lost. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately see an eye md if you have these symptoms.

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Supposing that I just have eye floaters does that mean I have a retinal detachment?

Supposing that I just have eye floaters does that mean I have a retinal detachment?

Unlikely: Floaters in the eye have several causes. The most common cause is degeneration of the vitreous fluid. The floaters gradually get worse, and persist. Sudden increase in floaters may be caused by vitreous separation (detachment) and may associated with a retinal tear or detachment, and eye exam is advisable. In both of these situations, the floaters persist.

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What is the quickest way to treat a retinal detachment?

What is the quickest way to treat a retinal detachment?

Pneumatic Retinopexy: This is an in office procedure that is used for certain types of retinal detachments. Not everyone is a good candidate. It involves laser or cryopexy (freezing) treament to a retinal hole, and injection of a bubble of inert gas. The who process usually takes less than an hour and can be done in the the retina specialist's office.

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Please advise what is the treatment for retinal detachment?

Please advise what is the treatment for retinal detachment?

Several options: A detached retina can be treated in several ways. --laser treatment --pneumatic retinopexy --scleral buckle --vitrectomy the above are usually the mainstays of treatment. It depends on surgeon/patient/type of detachment on which method is chosen.

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After retinal detachment, what are the key treatments for eye health?

After retinal detachment, what are the key treatments for eye health?

Continue exams: With a rd in one eye, you are at a higher risk of an rd in the fellow eye. Regular checks ups and awareness of the symptoms of a new rd is important.

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Is there a permanent cure to retinal detachment?

Is there a permanent cure to retinal detachment?

See a retina special: Retinal detachments can be treated in the office with laser, freezing treatment (cryoretinopexy), and gas injection; or it can be treated in the operating room with scleral buckle, pars plana vitrectomy, laser, cryoretinopexy, gas, or silicone oil injection. It all depends on the kind and severity of the detachment.

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What r the symptoms early stage signs of retinal detachment and retinal tears? Eye floaters natural solution any food diet plan to get rid of it? Thnx

Floaters, flashes: Retinal detachment releases blood elements into the visual axis -you will see many floaters - and jiggles the retinal -this stimulus creates light flashing or light streaks - and as it progresses you may see greying out or blockage of the vision. When these occur suddenly especially after trauma, see an ophthalmologist right away. This is a mechanical event -no natural remedies exist.

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Who gets retinal detachment?

Who gets retinal detachment?

Older Adults Common: Retinal detachment is typically a disorder associated with older adults, usually over 50. It can occur in younger folks due to trauma or genetic conditions. The best way to be sure is to be seen by an ophthalmologist and get a dilated exam of the retina. Common symptoms of retinal detachment are flashing lights and floaters, a dark curtain, and vision loss. Rd is a potentially blinding condition.

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Can retinal detachment/tear be genetic?

Can retinal detachment/tear be genetic?

Having a family: Member (first degree relative) with retinal detachment slightly increases risk for retinal detachment. Know the symptoms: increased floaters, flashes of light, curtain blocking edges of vision.

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What people are at risk for retinal detachment?

What people are at risk for retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment: Very nearsighted people have retinas that are stretched thin on the edges. They have an increased risk of tearing and then detaching the retina. Boxers and other fighters risk impact to the eye that can cause retinal detachments. Diabetics can form retinopathy that leads to retinal detachment.

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What can I do to prevent retinal detachment?

What can I do to prevent retinal detachment?

Know your risks: If you are very near sighted, had a retinal detachment in the other eye, and have a family history of retinal detachment, then you are at a high risk. If you have had a recent vitreous separation, and have flashes and floaters, you are also at risk. In both cases, you should be followed by an ophthalmologist closely.

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Dr. Bernard Godley
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