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.