Know the Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

Do you see the light? You can thank your eyes’ retina for it. The retina is responsible for converting light from the outside world allowing us to see the world around us. Should the retina be lifted or pulled from its normal position, a retinal detachment will occur that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Silver Spring our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment.

There’s no pain associated with retinal detachment, but there are usually symptoms before your retina becomes detached. Primary symptoms include:
• blurred vision
• partial vision loss, which makes it seem as if a curtain has been pulled across your field of vision, with a dark shadowing effect
• flashes of light that appear when looking to the side
• suddenly seeing many floaters, which are small bits of debris that appear as black flecks or strings floating before your eye

Although retinal detachment can occur at any age, it is more common in people over age 40, affecting more men than women. The condition is more likely to occur in people who are very nearsighted, have had a retinal detachment in the past, have had eye injuries or other eye diseases or disorders.

In most cases, surgery is necessary to repair a detached retina. We may use laser therapy or a freezing technique, both of which are designed to scar the tear site to restore proper retinal placement and hold it in place. For minor detachments or tears of the retina, a simple procedure may be done in our office.

Optimal vision is our top priority

If you are experiencing symptoms, contact us immediately. Regular eye exams can also flag early changes in your eyes that can prevent future problems. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Silver Spring, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Children’s Ophthalmologist Bethesda

Juvenile Retinal Detachment in Bethesda

Children's Ophthalmologist Bethesda

Children’s Ophthalmologist Bethesda

A retinal detachment is very serious for an adult, but can be even more so for your child. It should be treated quickly. And ideally, eye care should be administered by a specialist. Here at The Retina Group of Washington, that’s what we are. You can be assured that your child will receive expert attention.

In some cases, the retina will only be torn, and that can be addressed more simply. For juvenile retinal detachment, our children’s ophthalmologist in Bethesda will need to do a procedure, or possibly more than one. Pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, and vitrectomy are all effective, but the choice of which of them is best suited to your child’s unique circumstances will be made based on various factors, including what part of the retina has become detached. With retinopexy, a bubble of gas is injected into the middle of your child’s eye, which then pressed on the retina. Photocoagulation will then seal the retina back in, using laser technology. The bubble remains in place for a period of one to three weeks until the bond is secure and our children’s’ ophthalmologist in Bethesda can be certain that your child’s retina is reliably reattached. Another procedure, which is called scleral buckle, is done by placing plastic or another flexible material over the white of your child’s eye. It is then sewed on so that it will exert the necessary pressure to flatten the retina back against the wall of the eye. Vitrectomy is the removal of the vitreous gel form the eye. Typically, it is only performed when there is bleeding in the retina.

The goal of our children’s ophthalmologist in Bethesda, of course, is to repair the detached retina and restore full functionality and vision to the damaged eye. When such an injury has occurred, it is best to act quickly. Call our office and we will schedule a prompt appointment for your child.

The Retina Group of Washington
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 1104
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-2357