Everything You Need to Know About Retinal Detachment


The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue located at the back of your eye. Retinal detachment occurs when this thin layer of tissue pulls away from its normal position. Continue reading to learn more about this condition.

Retinal detachment is an eye disease in which the part connected to the optic nerve is removed from its usual position at the back of the eye. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain.

What Is Retinal Detachment?

A detached retina refers to when a thin layer at the back of the eye (retina) becomes loose. It is often an emergency that requires swift treatment to stop it from permanently affecting a person’s eyesight.

Retinal detachment separates the retinal cells from the layer of special cells and blood vessels that provide nourishment and oxygen to the eye. The longer this condition goes untreated, the more likely that it will result in permanent vision loss in the affected eye.

There are several risk factors for this condition. These include aging, a family history of retinal detachment, severe eye injuries, myopia, and previous eye surgery.

Retinal Detachment Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Retinal Detachment?

There are a number of common warning signs of retinal detachment. These include blurred vision, flashes of light in the eye, and the sudden appearance of floaters. Other warning signs include gradually reduced peripheral vision and a curtain-like shadow over the field of vision.

Retinal detachment itself is painless. A person should seek immediate medical attention from a retina specialist if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of retinal detachment.

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What Are the Treatment Options?

Typically, surgery is required to repair a retinal detachment. Surgical options include pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckling, and vitrectomy.

The recovery time following surgery to correct retinal detachment is normally between two and eight weeks. With proper treatment, most people can return to their normal activities.


Effective Treatment for Retinal Detachment

Lehigh Eye Specialists is the trusted choice for the effective treatment of retinal detachment and retinal diseases. Referring doctors know their patients will receive the Lehigh Valley’s best care from our highly skilled and compassionate doctors.

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About Lehigh Eye Specialists

Lehigh Eye Specialists is an industry leader in providing diagnoses and surgery for retinal diseases and conditions. Our retina specialist, Dr. Kazahaya, and his associates provide clients with unparalleled care.

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