How Do I Know If I Have a Torn or Detached Retina?

Mar 15, 2020 @ 08:51 PM — by Retina Associates, P.A.

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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