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, Dr. Kristin Held, and Dr. Teresa Whitney, 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.
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Patients who have flashes and floaters should keep a close eye on their ocular health and receive routine eye exams as these symptoms can lead to retinal tears or detachments. The most common signs and symptoms of retinal damage include 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.