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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.

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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.

What Are the Leading Risk Factors for Retinal Detachment? By Retina Associates, P.A. on May 14, 2020

Illustration shows various areas of the eyeRetinal detachment is a serious eye condition that can leave retinal tissue deprived of oxygen. If you experience any sudden change in visual perception, call our office immediately. Prompt intervention can spare you from permanent vision loss.

Patients should understand the risk factors for retinal detachment. For example, aging and eye injury are the most common causes of retinal detachment. If you live in Shawnee, KS, and have any of the risk factors outlined in this blog post, you can benefit from regular eye exams at a frequency advised by one of our eye doctors at Retina Associates. One of our eye doctors can give further advice on how to lower your risk of experiencing a detached retina.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Retinal Detachment?

Knowing the risk factors for retinal detachment can help you take steps to lower your risk of developing a detached retina. Even when retinal detachments cannot be prevented, knowing that you are at risk for developing the eye condition can make you more alert to potential symptoms.

The two most common causes of a detached retina are aging and eye injury.

Aging and Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is more common in people age 50 and over. The average age of retinal detachment diagnosis in the United States is 57 for males and 62 for females, according to the American Optometric Association.

One reason for the increased risk of retinal detachment may be related to changes in the vitreous, the gel-like substance that helps the eye maintain its shape. Variations in the density of the vitreous can pull on the retina and eventually cause a tear that separates the retina from the choroid (the vascular layer that holds the retina in place).

Know the Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

If you are 50 and over, you should understand the common symptoms of retinal detachment. The condition is painless, but most people with a torn retina experience vision aberrations that include:

  • The appearance of floaters
  • Flashes of light (photopsia) in one or both eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • The impression of a shadow obscuring vision

Eye Injury and Retinal Detachment

An impact to the head or another injury can cause retinal detachment. Even a small tear in the retina following an injury can quickly grow into a larger retinal detachment. Retinal detachment due to eye injury can occur at any age.

Children and teenagers who play sports are especially susceptible to retinal detachment due to eye injury. If your child is active in sports, make sure he or she knows to report any change of vision to our Shawnee office immediately.

Other Risk Factors for Retinal Detachment

Other risk factors for retinal detachment include previous retinal detachments, extreme nearsightedness, family history of retinal detachment, previous eye surgery, and certain eye diseases.

Schedule Your Eye Exam Today

Retinal detachment is a serious eye emergency that must be treated promptly. The doctors of Retina Associates, P.A. constitute the largest group of retina specialists in the Greater Kansas City, Topeka, Sedalia, and surrounding area. Each of our doctors is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible.

To schedule your visit to one of our offices, please contact our office online or call (913) 831-7400.

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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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