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We continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and are following the published recommendations of the CDC and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We will continue to see our patients and treat any urgent/emergent needs.

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.

How Do I Know If I Have a Torn or Detached Retina? By Retina Associates, P.A. on March 15, 2020

Illustration of the inside of an eye points to a retinal tearA torn retina is an emergency situation that results from the retina detaching from its normal position. The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that receives light and converts it into neural signals that allow us to see. Individuals who suffer from a retinal disease are at higher risk of suffering retinal detachment.

If you live in or near Shawnee, KS, and are experiencing symptoms of a torn retina, our physicians can diagnose and treat the injury before it causes permanent damage to your vision. Early intervention can increase your chances of a quick and full recovery.

Signs and Risk Factors for a Torn Retina

It is important to know if you are at a higher risk of experiencing a torn retina. Risk factors for a torn retina include:

  • Severe myopia
  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes
  • Recent eye surgery
  • Trauma to the eye
  • History of retinal detachment
  • Weak retinal areas (which can be diagnosed during an eye exam)

Symptoms of a Torn Retina

Eye diseases or disorders can also lead to an increased risk of a torn retina. Retinoschisis, uveitis, and lattice degeneration, among others, can lead to a torn retina.

Retinal detachment separates the retina from the layer of blood vessels that provides nourishment and oxygen. If you experience any of the symptoms of a torn retina, contact our Shawnee office immediately. Common signs you need medical attention include:

  • Blurred vision
  • The appearance of tiny specks (floaters) in your field of vision
  • Reduced peripheral vision
  • The perception of flashes of light (photopsia) in one or both eyes
  • A darkening or shadowing effect in your field of vision
  • Changes in the appearance of straight lines

Retinal detachment does not typically cause pain or discomfort. Any noticeable change in your vision should be brought to the attention of one of our physicians.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Your treatment will begin with a thorough exam of your eye. One of our doctors will ask you to list your symptoms and both of your eyes will be examined. A retinal examination uses a bright light and a special lens to examine the back of your eye. This instrument can give a detailed view of the inside of your eye. Your doctor will look for signs of tears, detachment, bleeding, and retinal holes, among other concerns.

If you are found to have a torn retina, your treatment options will be discussed at that time. Surgery is typically required to fix this serious condition. Most retinal surgeries are outpatient procedures that require a period of rest following treatment.

Schedule Your Evaluation Today

Our medical doctors are all regional leaders in the field of eye care. Retina detachments can occur for a variety of reasons, but the injury should be treated as an emergency. If you experience any of the symptoms we have discussed, please contact our Shawnee office online or at (913) 831-7400 immediately. We will treat your symptoms as an eye emergency and will schedule you accordingly. Prompt action can protect your vision from possibly irreversible damage.

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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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