Retinal Detachment

Symptoms: 

 Retinal detachment symptoms may include:

  • The sudden appearance of many floaters accompanied by eye flashes
  • Sudden flashes of light in the affected eye (Gray curtain or veil moving across your field of vision)
  • A shadow or curtain over a portion of your visual field that develops as the detachment progresses
Tests to diagnose: 

A doctor can usually see a retinal tear or detachment while examining the retina using ophthalmoscopy. Ultrasonography test uses sound waves to create a picture on a video monitor.

Treatment: 
  • If retinal detachment has occurred, surgery is required to reattach the retina. If the detachment is relatively small and uncomplicated, a procedure called pneumatic retinopexy may be used.
  • Scleral buckling involves fine bands of silicone rubber or sponge that are stitched onto the outside white of the eye (the sclera) in the area where the retina has detached.
  • Vitrectomy works by removing the fluid from the inside of the eye and replacing it with either a gas or silicone bubble. This holds the retina in position from the inside.