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Detached Retina

Information About Detached Retina

We Have to Know about the Detached Retina

  • The retina is the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye that converts light images into nerve impulses that are relayed to the brain to produce sight
  • When the retina separates from the deeper layers of the eyeball that normally support and nourish it, the retina is said to be detached

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • See your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of a detached retina, especially if you have a history of cataract surgery, severe nearsightedness, eye trauma, diabetes, or previous treatment for a detached retina

Causes of Detached Retina

  • When a tear or hole develops in the retina, and some of the gel-like substance that fills the inside of the eye (vitreous fluid) leaks through the opening
  • The retinal tear that triggers a retinal detachment is caused by trauma. More often, it is caused by a change in the gel-like consistency of the vitreous fluid that can occur as a part of aging
  • Once this type of retinal detachment develops and causes symptoms, it can progress to total blindness if it is not repaired promptly

Do’s and Don’ts-Detached Retina

  • To prevent retinal detachments caused by diabetic retinopathy, people with diabetes should try to maintain near-normal blood sugar levels and to avoid wide swings between high and low blood sugar levels
  • All diabetics should have a thorough eye examination through dilated pupils at least once a year

Signs & Symptoms of Detached Retina

  • The sudden appearance of “floaters” (dark, semi-transparent, floating shapes) in the field of vision
  • A shower of black dots-these are actually red blood cells because all retinal tears bleed a little when they occur
  • Brief, bright flashes of light-These flashes may be most noticeable when you move your eyes in the dark
  • Loss of central vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision

Medical advice for Detached Retina

  • Any defective vision in persons suffering from diabetes or severe refractive errors particularly high myopia

Risk factors of Detached Retina

  • People who have had cataract surgery
  • Severely nearsighted people
  • People who have had blunt trauma to the eye or penetrating eye injuries
  • People with diabetes

Treatment for Detached Retina

  • Surgery

Investigations for Detached Retina

  • Eye testing
  • Ultrasound of the eye
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