Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment
The retina normally lies flat against the back, inside wall of the eye. A detached retina must be reattached to prevent loss of vision.

What causes retinal detachment? The most common cause of retinal detachment is normal retraction of the vitreous gel (the gel-like substance filling the eye) as we age. Rarely, this can tear the retina, which will allow fluid to creep beneath it. The fluid causes retina to separate from the back wall. A tear in the retina does not necessarily lead to retinal detachment.

Who is most likely to get a retinal detachment? You are most vulnerable if you are older than 50, nearsighted, have a family history of retinal detachment, or have had an eye injury.

What are the symptoms? Most people report seeing flashes of light and floaters. Another common symptom is the appearance of what is often described as a dark curtain floating across the visual field.

How is a detached retina repaired? A retinal detachment is treated surgically, in an out-patient facility or hospital. The two most common methods of treatment are scleral buckling and vitrectomy. Another technique is called pneumatic retinopexy. It uses a gas bubble in the eye to hold the treated tear in place. All three surgical procedures use cryotherapy (freezing) or laser to seal the retinal tear.

To learn more about our Retinal Detachment services contact Albany Eye Associates at 518-434-1042 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Doctors.