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Retinal Detachment

Understanding Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is a serious condition that occurs when the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye, becomes separated from its normal position. This detachment can lead to vision loss and even blindness if left untreated. At Newsom Eye, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment, helping patients preserve their vision and maintain eye health.


Anatomy of the Retina

The retina plays a crucial role in vision, as it receives light from the eye’s lens and converts it into neural signals that are sent to the brain, allowing us to see the world around us. Located at the back of the eye, the retina is composed of specialized cells, including photoreceptors, which capture light, and ganglion cells, which transmit visual information to the brain.

Causes of Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment can occur for various reasons, including:

  1. Trauma: Injury to the eye can cause the retina to tear or detach.
  2. Vitreous Detachment: The vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the eye, may detach from the retina as part of the natural aging process. This can sometimes lead to retinal tearing and detachment.
  3. Diabetic Complications: Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing retinal disorders, including detachment, due to changes in blood vessels and retinal tissue.
  4. Inflammatory Disorders: Certain inflammatory conditions affecting the eye can also contribute to retinal detachment.

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

The symptoms of retinal detachment may include:

  • Floaters: Dark spots or specks that appear to float in the field of vision.
  • Flashes of Light: Brief flashes of light that may occur in the peripheral vision.
  • Blurred Vision: A sudden decrease in vision, often described as a curtain or veil obscuring part of the visual field.

Treatment Options

Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are essential for preserving vision in cases of retinal detachment. At Newsom Eye, our experienced retina specialists utilize advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities to address retinal detachment effectively.

  1. Laser Therapy: Laser treatment, known as photocoagulation, may be used to seal retinal tears and prevent further detachment.
  2. Cryopexy: This procedure involves applying freezing temperatures to the retina to seal retinal tears.
  3. Scleral Buckling: A surgical procedure in which a silicone band or sponge is placed around the eye to push the detached retina back into place.
  4. Vitrectomy: In severe cases of retinal detachment, a vitrectomy may be performed to remove the vitreous gel and repair the retina.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you experience symptoms of retinal detachment or have concerns about your eye health, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our retina specialists at Newsom Eye. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care and innovative treatments to help you preserve your vision and maintain eye health. Contact us today to learn more and take the first step towards healthier eyes.


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