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What do flashes associated with retinal detachment look like? I sometimes see very small flashes like pin pricks

What do flashes associated with retinal detachment look like? I sometimes see very small flashes like pin pricks

LIke a flash bulb: Generally they are like a flash bulb going off and most often in the periphery of your vision. The bottom line is that you should be seen by an ophthalmologist if you have this symptom as a retinal tear is easily treated until it turns into a retinal detachment which can be blinding. ...Read more

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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Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?

Can you tell me what to do if I don't have flashes but I'm scared anyway I will have retinal detachment?

Get an exam: The only way to find out is to have an exam by a qualified eye MD. AAO. Org is very helpful. If you have a retinal detachment, the sooner you see a specialist the better. Time is vision. ...Read more

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What is retinal detachment surgery like?

What is retinal detachment surgery like?

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. ...Read more

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Why do myopics like me have a greater chance of retinal detachment?

Why do myopics like me have a greater chance of retinal detachment?

Longer eye: Myopic eyes are usually longer from front to back, so imagine the internal retina as being more stretched and thin and easier to tear and detach. ...Read more

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What is retinal detachment?

What is retinal detachment?

Don't Delay: 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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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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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Why do you get retinal detachment?

Why do you get retinal detachment?

Often unknown: The majority of retinal detachments happen when the fluids inside the eye shift or shrink inwards, taking a small piece of the retina with it, causing a tear, which then leads to a detachment. This happens without obvious cause, often in middle age. In some cases, the detachment occurs after a trauma like a blow to the head, or eye surgery. Most retinal detachments can be successfully repaired. ...Read more

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What happens if retinal detachment?

See a retina doctor: The most common cause for a retinal detachment is due to a retinal tear or hole (rhegmatogenous). Less common causes include scar tissue growing on the retina (tractional) or inflammatory fluid collections (serous). Rhegmatogenous detachments are treated surgically, preferably before the central retina (macula) becomes detached, which can lead to a less favorable visual prognosis. ...Read more

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How serious is retinal detachment?

Extremely: Usually this requires an urgent evaluation and treatment by a retina specialist, otherwise you risk rapid permanent loss of vision. ...Read more

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How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

Get Seen: 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 of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. Sometimes an rd can by asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for retinal detachment?

Mainly myopia: The single biggest risk factor for developing a retinal detachment is myopia (nearsightedness), esp. If the glasses prescription is stronger than -6.00 diopter (high myopia). Additional risk factors include family history of retinal detachment, history of trauma to an eye, history of eye surgery (intraocular like cataract, vitrectomy etc.) ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a retinal detachment?

See below: New or worse eye floaters, flashing lights, loss of peripheral vision (like a veil or curtain) could indicate the presence of a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Flashes and Floaters: The classic visual symptoms of retinal detachment are light flashes, floaters, and loss of vision. Someone who experiences these symptoms should see an ophthalmologist immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is retinal detachment rare at the age of 15?

Is retinal detachment rare at the age of 15?

Seen in Older Adults: Retinal detachment occurs more often as one ages, usually above the 6th decade which is when the vitreous gel begins to collapse. Retinal detachments in teenagers are commonly associated with trauma or hereditary conditions. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a retinal detachment?

See below: New or worse eye floaters, flashing lights, or loss of peripheral vision could be a retinal detachment. This symptoms always require an urgent dilated retinal examination. Do not delay. ...Read more

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How can you see if I have retinal detachment?

How can you see if I have retinal detachment?

Get Seen: 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 of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. Sometimes an rd can by asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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How do I know that I have a retinal detachment?

How do I know that I have a retinal detachment?

Get Seen: 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. Sometimes an rd can by asymptomatic, and therefore it is important to get checked. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I will have retinal detachment, what to expect?

Improvement: If you have a detachment, you will need laser or operative surgery to fix it. In most cases you can expect improvement in the condition and commonly restoration of vision. Your retinal surgeon can tell ;you your prognosis. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it rare to have retinal detachment at age 17?

Not common: Somewhat uncommon to have an rd at this age. Family history, trauma, high myopia, lattice or thinning of the retina are risk factors that could lead to detachment at an early age. Most detachments in this age group are traumatic (due to trauma). ...Read more

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Can I regain 100 % vision from retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment: The answer depends on how much of the retina was detached and if thru the macula, as well as how long it was detached and the type of corrective reattachment surgery required. The vitreoretinal surgeon who did the repair can answer this question with better accuracy. ...Read more

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How does one get retinal detachment from boxing.?

Blunt force trauma: Is not good for you, including your eyes. The blow to the head causes such violent movement of the head that the retina tears leading to detachment. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Retinal Detachment (Definition)

When the retina peels away from the back part of the eye. This is a serious condition which ...Read more