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Is vitreous detachment similar to retinal detachment?

Is vitreous detachment similar to retinal detachment?

Yes: The vitreous jelly that fills the eye and attaches to the back wall of the inside of the eye (the retina) will detach from the retina with age (posterior vitreous detachment). At that time or days/weeks later a retinal tear or detachment may or may not occur as well. The latter conditions require urgent treatment before blindness ensues. A vitreous detachment is not treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Godley
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Detached Retina (Definition)

The retina is the light sensitive layer in the back of the eye that transmits images to the brain via the optic nerves to create vision. If a hole or tear develops in the retina, eye fluids can separate the retina from underlying layer (choroid) . The most common cause of retinal holes or tears is traction from the vitreous, the clear gel that fils the inside of ...Read more


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Vitrectomy eye surgery if macula hole retinal detachment?

Vitrectomy eye surgery if macula hole retinal detachment?

Yes: Most common procedure to repair a retinal detachment resulting from a macular hole is a vitrectomy (remove the fluids from the back of the eyeball), replace it with a gas, and position the patient face down for some period of time (sometimes weeks) to allow the hole to close and the detachment to resolve. Most macular holes do not cause a detached retina, but many require a similar operation. ...Read more

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Retinal detachment symptoms?

Retinal detachment symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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Is rhegmatogenous retinal detachment partial?

Is rhegmatogenous retinal detachment partial?

Depends: Retinal detachments can be rhegmatogenous (due to a retinal tear or hole), tractional (from scar tissue), or serous (from inflammation, tumors, or other causes). All of these can be partial or total in how much of the retina is detached. ...Read more

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Retinal tear laser complications?

Retinal tear laser complications?

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 more

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Can retinal detachment happen without flashes(retinal traction)?

Yes.: Although the flashes usually, not always precede a retinal detachment. Not all flashing lights mean a retinal detachment! ...Read more

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Regular floater or vitreous detachment?

Regular floater or vitreous detachment?

See a retina special: As we age, the vitreous jelly pulls away from the retina (a posterior vitreous detachment). 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. ...Read more

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What is myopic retinal detachment?

See below: Myopic eyes are longer (axial length) and thus the retina is thinner and potentially more at risk for developing retinal tears and holes that can ultimately lead to retinal detachment. ...Read more

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What's a retinal detachment?

What's a retinal detachment?

Loss of Vision: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Causes of retina detachment?

Many possible causes: As we age, the vitreous may pull away from its attachment to the retina at the back of the eye. If the vitreous pulls hard enough to tear the retina in one or more places, fluid may pass through, lifting the retina off the back of the eye, causing it to detach. Some risk factors for detachment are: nearsightedness, trauma to the eye or a family history of retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Why do post-cataract surgery retinal detachments occur? Is there some retinal pulling involved from posterior vitreous detachment (pvd)?

Why do post-cataract surgery retinal detachments occur? Is there some retinal pulling involved from posterior vitreous detachment (pvd)?

Destabilization: The natural lens and its supports stabilize the front of the eye and vitreous. Removal of the thick natural lens and substitution with a thin artificial lens, increases the chance for the vitreous to move in ways that can destabilize the attachments of the vitreous over the retina. If there are weak places, this can increase the chance of detachment, even in the best of cataract surgeries. ...Read more

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What causes retina detachment?

What causes retina detachment?

Many things...: Trauma, retinal tears, genetic predisposition, prematurity, retinal thinning and lattice formation, any type of intraocular surgery, diabetes and more. ...Read more

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How serious are retinal detachments?

How serious are retinal detachments?

Very serious: You can permanently lose vision because of a retinal detachment. A vitreoretinal surgeon is required to treat this. ...Read more

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When does lattice degeneration progress to retinal detachment?

Sometimes: Lattice degeneration is a condition in which there are atrophic or "thin" areas of the peripheral retina. Occasionally, these areas can tear or form holes. If this occurs , and fluid from the eye goes behind the tear/hole, this can result in a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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If prior retinal tear, risk at 60 of developing a retinal detachment or a posterior vitreous detachment?

See a retina special: You do have a somewhat increased risk of developing a retinal detachment if you've had a retinal tear (even if it was treated), though you should speak to your retina specialist to gauge your true risk based on your exam. Everyone develops posterior vitreous detachments as we age - that is regardless of having had a tear or not. ...Read more

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What is retinal detachment surgery?

What is retinal detachment surgery?

Reposition Retina: Repairing a retinal detachment involves use of specialized techniques to either remove scar tissue causing a tractional elevation of retina or to close a hole and drain subretinal fluid. The later is the more common occurrence. Retinal surgeons frequently use in-office procedures such as laser w/ gas bubble injection or operative surgery with vitrectomy and/or buckle to reattach the retina. ...Read more

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What is posterior vitreous detachment?

What is posterior vitreous detachment?

See below: A posterior vitreous detachment is a condition of the eye in which the vitreous humour separates from the retina. Broadly speaking, the condition is common for older adults and over 75% of those over the age of 65 develop it. Although less common among people in their 40s or 50s, the condition is not rare for those individuals. Some research has found that the condition is more common among women. ...Read more

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Can an opthalmologist see retinal tears or vitreous detachment with ophthalmoscope?

Can an opthalmologist see retinal tears or vitreous detachment with ophthalmoscope?

Yes: An ophthalmologist, especially a retina specialist, can see these things with an ophthalmoscope and treat them as appropriate. ...Read more

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Does all retinal traction lead to retinal detachment at some point in time in future, what is the avg percentage?How do we know that pvd is complete?

No, not always: The development of retinal detachment depends upon the type of traction and what is being pulled. The common form (pvd as you mention) is the vitreous degenerating as you age. The majority of pvds do not lead to retinal detachment, but need to be followed for the development of retinal tears. Flashes, new floaters, etc. Should be check by a retina person immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Retinal Detachment (Definition)

A serious condition in which the retina layer peels away from the inside wall of the eyeball, possibly leading to blindness ...Read more


Dr. Su Fairchild
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Retina (Definition)

That lines the inner eyeball that turns light into chemical/electrical signals interpreted by brain which we ...Read more