Retinal detachment is a medical emergency that if left untreated can cause vision loss in a relatively short time.
Quick treatment can possibly save your sight, but time is of the essence for treatment.
If you suspect retinal detachment, contact Retina Associates, PA, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas City, Topeka, and neighboring communities.
What Should I Do? Seek Help Immediately
If you have noticed a change in your vision, Retina Associates can help. You can contact your physician for a referral or call us directly.
Retinal Associates is the largest group of retina specialists in the Greater Kansas City area and has offices throughout Kansas and Missouri so we are nearby.
Time is important to prevent further damage to your eye. When done promptly, surgery can restore vision.
Don't Worry about Insurance
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency that is covered by a patient's medical insurance. It is not an elective procedure.
Trust in a High Success Rate
The initial success rate of retinal reattachment ranges from 63% to 94%, depending on the technique used.
Have You Noticed a Change in Your Vision?
If you have noticed vision loss, especially if you have risk factors for retinal detachment, contact your physician for a referral or call us directly. This eye care treatment is a medical emergency and is covered by medical insurance. Waiting could cause further vision loss, even blindness.
We accept new patients every day, and urgent or emergency referrals are seen the same day.
Retina Associates, PA, is the largest group of retina specialists in Greater Kansas City and we have offices throughout the area including Topeka, KS; Sedalia, MO; Lee's Summit, MO; Overland Park, KS; and elsewhere. Each office is equipped to provide the highest level of eye care.
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What Is Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachment happens when the light-sensitive layer at the back of your eye, the retina, pulls away from the eye wall. When this happens, it loses its connection to the blood vessels that provide oxygen to the tissue.
If the detachment isn't treated quickly, more tissue can detach, which increases the risk of permanent blindness.
What Causes Retinal Detachment? There are typically three scenarios
This is the most common type of retinal detachment. Meaning "arising from a break or rupture", a rhegmatogenous detachment is caused when a hole or tear allows fluid to collect under the retina, separating it from the underlying tissue. The portion that separates loses its blood supply and oxygen and then stops working, which causes vision loss in the area.
Aging is the most common reason for this type of retinal damage. With age, the gel-like fluid in your eye, the vitreous, can shrink or become more liquid. Vitreous usually flows freely in the eye as it moves. But sometimes, the vitreous can tug at the eye, causing a tear that allows liquid to seep in behind and cause the retinal detachment.
This type of retinal detachment occurs when scar tissue grows on the retinal tissue and creates traction, causing it to pull away from the back of the eye. Medical conditions may put people at risk of tractional detachment. For example, people who have poorly controlled diabetes may suffer from diabetic retinopathy, a form of tractional retinal detachment.
Exudative retinal detachment is rare. In this scenario, a fluid also known as exudate accumulates under the retinal tissue even though there are no holes or tears. It can affect both eyes. The cause for the fluid buildup can be caused by age-related macular degeneration, an injury to the eye, tumors, inflammatory disorders, or a wide range of diseases.
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Who Is at Risk?
Risk factors for retinal detachment include:
- Being older. Retinal damage is more common in people over 50
- Being nearsighted and wearing glasses to see at a distance
- Having had cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, or other eye surgery
- Suffering from macular degeneration
- Suffering a retinal tear or detachment in the other eye
- Having a family history of retinal detachment
- Having weak areas in the retinal tissue, as seen by an eye doctor during an exam
- Having suffered a serious eye injury
How Is a Detached Retina Treated?
Treatment varies depending on the stage of the detachment. In most cases treatment requires surgery to repair the retinal tear, hole, or detachment.
During a consultation, we will explain the treatment options that are suited for your case. The eye specialists at Retina Associates have offices throughout the Kansas City area making them easily accessible for the treatment you need.
Early Stage Treatment: Retinal Tears
When a tear or hole has not yet caused a detachment, your surgeon may recommend one of these procedures to prevent the detachment from occurring and preserve your eyesight. Both can be done on an outpatient basis.
Using a laser, the surgeon will aim the beam through the pupil and at the retinal tear. This step creates a scar that "welds" the retina to the tissue underneath so fluid cannot leak behind the retina.
In cryopexy, or freezing, your eye is numbed with a local anesthetic. The surgeon then uses a tool to freeze the outer surface of the eye directly over the tear. Like the laser, this causes a scar that secures the retina to the eye wall.
Later-Stage Treatment: Retinal Detachment
If the retina has already detached, you will need surgery to repair it. This should be done within days of the diagnosis.
The choice of treatment will be based on several factors, including the extent of the detachment.
Pneumatic retinopexy involves injecting a bubble of air or gas into the eye to push the part of the retina that has detached back against the wall of the eye. The doctor will also use cryopexy to repair the hole that caused the retinal damage.
Scleral buckling involves sewing a piece of silicone to the white of your eye over the affected area. This step indents the wall of the eye and reduces how much the vitreous tugs on the retina. The scleral buckle usually remains in place permanently, however it will be behind your eyelid and so largely unseen.
In a vitrectomy, the fluid filling the interior of the eye is removed and air, gas, or silicone oil is injected to replace it and help flatten the retina. Over time, the injected material will be absorbed and replaced by body fluid. If silicone oil was used, it may be surgically removed later.
It may take several months after surgery for your vision to improve. You may also need a second surgery to improve the results. Unfortunately, some people will not recover all the vision they lost.
Retina Associates Dedicated to Preserving & Restoring Your Vision
Retina Associates offers advanced care for retinal diseases in the greater Kansas City area and the neighboring communities. Our highly skilled and well-trained physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, complications from cataract surgery, and other eye problems. We are actively involved in research, putting us at the forefront of the latest treatments in eye care.