7. November 2010 15:59
Retinal Detachment is caused when thin layer of Retina tissue gets peeled off from its underlying support layer. Retinal Detachment is considered as a medical emergency. If not treated on time, substantial part of retina can get detached from the support layer thereby causing vision loss or permanent blindness.
Our retina translates the images captured by eye lens into neural impulse to be sent to our brain. When due to trauma or injury to eye or head a small tear occurs in retina, the vitreous fluid of eye seeps under it thereby peeling it away from the support layer. This particular condition is called Retinal Detachment.
Symptoms of Retinal Detachment:
- Feeling heaviness in eye.
- Sudden increase in number of floaters.
- Flashes of light.
- Dense shadow starting in the peripheral vision; progressing towards central vision.
- Straight lines appearing as curved.
- Central vision loss.
Treatment of Retinal Detachment:
- Cryopexy and Laser Photocoagulation
- Scleral buckle surgery
- Pneumatic retinopexy
In most of the cases (around 85%) a single surgery works well in treating retinal detachment. In rest of the cases there may be a need of second surgery to treat retinal detachment. A person can see improvement in his vision in just few weeks after successful surgery. Though after treatment the vision may not be that clear but it is very much necessary to initiate the treatment at the earliest as untreated retinal detachment can cause blindness.
Preventing Retinal Detachment:
Prevention is the best cure. If you encounter symptoms similar to retinal detachment, you should immediately see a eye doctor. Early detection can be treated with laser surgery or cyrotherapy. One of the major causes of Retinal Detachment is cataract surgery. Persons who have undergone cataract surgery should keep a regular check on the symptoms to make sure they can detect the onset (if it occurs) at the earliest.
For more information on various eye diseases, visit us at Killeen Eyecare Center. We are located at 416 North Gray Street, Killeen, TX 76541.
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