Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment is an emergency eye condition that requires immediate medical attention. A retina that is detached becomes damaged and if not repaired quickly it may result in permanent vision loss. The New York ophthalmologists at Kelly Laser Center are prepared to help protect and restore your vision by treating your retinal detachment as soon as possible.

Symptoms of retinal detachment include:

  • Sudden blind spot
  • Diminishing of visual field–may be filmy, cloudy, or curtain-like
  • Flashes of light in one or both eyes

There is generally no pain associated with retinal detachment (though you may feel pain from an injury that caused the detachment), but if you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact an eye doctor right away. You can call us at 1-877-377-EYES to set up your appointment at Kelly Laser Center today.

Who Is at Risk?

Although everyone is at risk for retinal detachment, the people most likely to experience retinal detachment include:

  • People who are nearsighted
  • People who have suffered an eye injury
  • Post-cataract surgery patients
  • People with a family history of retinal detachment

If you experience some of the symptoms of retinal detachment, it is crucial to get an exam as soon as possible to determine whether you have suffered a retinal tear or detachment and get treatment as soon as possible to ensure you do not suffer permanent vision loss. Proper nutrition can help reduce your risk for retinal detachment.

Retinal Detachment Treatments

Surgical treatments are necessary to correct a retinal detachment and prevent permanent vision loss. Commonly-used treatments include:

  • Pneumatic retinopexy–a gas bubble is injected into your eye to push the retina against the back of the eye and allow it to heal
  • Scleral buckling–in this procedure a silicone band is placed around the eye to change the configuration of the vitreous fluid in the eye, reducing pull on the retina and pushing it back in place.
  • Vitrectomy–the vitreous fluid is drained and replaced with another fluid to push the detached retina back up against the wall of the eye.

Vitrectomy and sclera buckling are sometimes performed together. If your retina also has a tear in it, these procedures may be combined with laser surgery or cryopexy (freezing) to create scar tissue that will close the tear and help hold the retina in place.

If you suspect you have suffered a retinal detachment, please call 1-877-377-EYES to talk to an ophthalmologist at Kelly Laser Center in New York today.  At Kelly Laser Centers, we do not perform retinal detachment repairs, but refer those conditions to capable colleagues.