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With all of our offices open, the following protocols are in place:

1) We have greatly expanded measures to disinfect our office including cleaning between each patient appointment.

2) To limit any potential exposure, we ask you NOT to bring any non-essential person(s) with you to the appointment.

3) If someone must accompany you to your appointment, we ask that they do not enter the office, if at all possible.

4) If you have an upcoming appointment and identify with the following statements, please do not come directly to the office, but instead call us:

• Fever greater than 100.4

• Respiratory symptoms or difficulty breathing

• Exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

• Placed in self/hospital quarantine by medical doctor

 Your health and that of our staff is our guiding priority and we continue to update our protocol to ensure safety for everyone. If you have questions regarding these evolving protocols, please contact our office.

Eye Injury and the Risk of Retinal Diseases By Retina Associates, P.A. on October 14, 2019

Close-up image of an eyeThe retina is the thin layer of light-sensitive tissues that sit at the back of the eye. The retina receives visual information and sends it to the brain via the optic nerve so that a clear picture can be processed. Retinal conditions cause visual disturbances that may ultimately lead to vision loss.

Retinal diseases may be caused by a number of factors, but one risk factor is eye injury. The experienced eye doctors at Retina Associates help our Shawnee Mission, KS, patients understand the link between eye injury and the risk of retinal diseases. We also offer some tips that can help patients preserve clear vision following an eye injury.

Why Does Eye Injury Increase the Risk of Retinal Diseases?

An eye injury can greatly affect the overall health and functions of the eye. When an eye injury is severe, changes may be immediate. If the eye is damaged by a significant force, or if other objects or chemicals enter the eye, they can suddenly alter the structure of the eye or damage the tissues within.

Even when eye injuries seem less severe, they can have a greater impact than our Shawnee Mission patients realize. Any degree of trauma can damage tissues within the eye or cause imperfections that increase the risk of eye diseases over time.

Which Retinal Diseases May Be Linked to Eye Injury?

There are a number of conditions that can affect the tissues of the retina. Although retinal diseases have many potential causes, an eye injury increases the risk of most retinal conditions. Some retinal diseases that may be the direct result of a traumatic eye injury include:

  • Retinal tear: A retinal tear describes a cut in the retinal tissues, or partial detachment from the back surface of the eye.
  • Retinal detachment: Retinal detachment refers to a complete separation of the retinal tissues from the underlying layer of the tissues at the back of the eye.

Retinal tears or detachment can develop suddenly after an eye injury. However, even if an eye injury does not have any immediate consequences, it can still increase the risk of future retinal diseases, such as:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

Caring for the Eye after an Eye Injury

It is not really possible to eliminate the risk of a retinal disease after an eye injury. However, if patients take certain precautions following the injury, they should be able to detect any retinal conditions while they are still in their early stages and easy to treat or manage.

After an eye injury, we recommend that our Shawnee Mission patients:

  • Place the eye under a steady stream of water for 15 minutes if chemicals or other substances got in the eye
  • Gently apply a cold compress or a shield over the injured eye
  • Avoid applying pressure to the eye, as this can worsen injuries
  • Schedule an eye examination as soon as possible or seek emergency eye care
  • Schedule any recommended follow-up appointments
  • Continue to schedule regular eye exams to monitor eye health

Schedule an Appointment

If you have suffered an eye injury or are just in need of a routine eye examination, the team of eye doctors at Retina Associates are here to help. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors at your earliest convenience by calling (913) 831-7400.

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Retina Associates, LLC

Retina Associates, LLC is an advanced medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of retinal, macular, and vitreous diseases. Together, our eye care physicians belong to various prestigious organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Retina Specialists

Our mission is to help every patient preserve or restore their sight through our advanced treatment options. To discuss your needs with one of our doctors, request an appointment online or call us at (913) 831-7400.

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