About Tears and Detachments
When the vitreous fluid within the eye breaks away from the retina, it is known as a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). This peeling away process can exert so much force that it can cause damage to the retina itself, creating a retinal tear. This phenomenon is generally a result of advanced age. Over time, the vitreous fluid shrinks, which leads to a detachment. Retinal tears and detachments are serious and often require immediate medical attention. If left untreated, it can cause long-term blindness. If you have flashes and floaters, it's important to maintain routine eye exams to monitor your health as these can potentially lead to a retinal tear or detachment. Our San Antonio, TX ophthalmologists, Dr. Allison Young and Dr. Jana Waters, are well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal damage. If you have noticed any sudden or severe changes in your vision, we recommend that you set up an eye exam as soon as possible.
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young. Today is January 8th of 2021 and the day before this I had a very gritty feeling in my right eye when I woke up. Just thinking it was my Sjogren's I put in the eye drops and it helped but I had double vision for the day. Knowing I could call Stone Oak Ophthalmology and find out if I need to see a Dr or just find out what I could do. They wanted to get me in but I live a across town and they got me an appointment right away the next day. I saw Dr. Whitney and just like Dr. Young, she took her time took the tests (she explained each test and her reason for taking them) and ended up finding out that I had Shingles in my right eye. I was then told it was a very good thing that I came in because it could be worse the longer you wait. I trust this office and my eye health whole heartily. I have always been treated with respect, professionalism, COVID responsible and I know my appointment was done to it's fullest to help both of us to understand what is happening with my eyes. Again I was afraid my eyesight was going to be gone and I have walked in there and them out knowing everything was being done that could be done. I also got to meet another one of these wonderful Doctors. Thank you Dr. Whitney, I'm not thrilled with having Shingles but thank you for informing me that getting the Shingles Shot is not a 100% it just makes it less infectious. I maybe miserable but it could of been a lot worse with out your insisting we do the testing and your hands on care it could be worse. If you are someone who needs an Ophthalmologist this is the group to go to."- R.P. / Google / Jan 08, 2021
"I love Dr. Young she’s definitely a great professional and friendly! Her concerns for my eye health is a priority. The Office Staff is professional and friendly too. I would highly recommend her."- C.E. / Facebook / Jul 15, 2020
"I am so please that I was recommended to this office as well to Dr. Allison Young. The office and the personal are professional and cheerful. I have Sjögren’s Syndrome which drys everything in your body. I honestly though I was going blind and I was seeing another ophthalmologist in a huge chain operation and it seems like I was going in every three months. I honestly couldn’t see. Dr Young saw me on the first visit and explained that I had a very large cataract in my right eye and it needed to be removed. I was extremely petrified but Dr. Young has the type of additive you want every Doctor to have. It was such an easy operation for me, Dr. Young said that it was so big it took her awhile to get it out. The difference was amazing I see amazing I was so amazed how little I was seeing before. So excited to get the other eye done. The after care was just as through as the pre-op. I recommend this Ophthalmology Center and Dr. Young."- R.M. / Google / Jun 02, 2020
"Dr. Whitney is excellent, caring and very professional. Her staff is professional, helpful and caring. Dr. Whitney’s surgery provided me with a 20/20 vision and I’m very grateful for that. I highly recommend."- R.C. / Google / Nov 27, 2020
"Dr. Teresa Whitney performed cataract surgery on both my left and right eyes in August 2020, and she did an absolutely AWESOME job! Like many, I was terrified of the procedure, and had deferred it for many years, until I was nearly blind - OK, I was legally blind. With GREAT anxiety, I submitted myself to Dr. Whitney's care, and I emerged from the first surgery absolutely amazed at the results. I was back her table a week later for the other eye, FAR less concerned with both the procedure and the outcome. I am now 20:20 in both eyes, no longer need glasses of any kind, and have for the first in over a decade, had the eyeglass restriction removed from my driver's license! I can honestly say, I'm very sorry that I have but only two eyes, or I'd be a repeat patient. Thank you, Dr. Whitney, for restoring my eyesight!!"- M.D. / Google / Sep 14, 2020
The most common signs and symptoms of retinal damage include flashes of light, increased floaters, abrupt loss of peripheral vision, worsening of normal vision, the appearance of a large shadow within your field of view, or general graying of your eyesight.
The natural aging process is the main cause of retinal damage. As we age, changes begin to occur within the gel-like substance or vitreous body of our eye, which causes tugging against the retina. When the vitreous separates from the retina, it can destruct the retina. Patients who have severe nearsightedness (high myopia), diabetes, or certain medical conditions are generally at a higher risk of developing a retinal tear or detachment.
Retinal tears and detachments generally require surgical intervention to restore the retina. With retinal tears, advanced laser or cryotherapy technology is often used to correct the damage. However, retinal detachments require a more invasive approach as this condition is considered more severe. On average, most patients are able to achieve improved vision after surgery, but the level of improvement will depend on the specific type and stage of the retinal damage.
Quality Ocular care
At Stone Oak Ophthalmology Center in San Antonio, TX, our team takes great pride in providing high-quality eye care that you can trust. If you have noticed sudden changes in your vision, contact our office right away to set up an eye exam. Our eye health experts can provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a custom treatment plan to help save your eyesight and preserve your overall ocular health.