Are you experiencing partial vision loss, blurry vision, random flashes of light, and other types of vision distortions?
You may have a retinal tear that requires immediate medical treatment.
Retinal Associates, LLC physicians in the Kansas City and Shawnee Mission, KS, area can treat retinal tears and prevent vision loss.
What Is a Retinal Tear?
A retinal tear is a small break in the inner lining of your eye. Your retina can tear before it detaches completely. Retinal detachment and tears are a severe medical emergency and should be treated immediately to prevent further damage to the retinal area.
Prompt surgery at our Lenexa office or satellite locations in Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, and greater Kansas City, KS, can help restore the torn retina to its proper position.
What Causes Retinal Tears?
Tears in the retina are most often caused by a clear gel-like fluid called vitreous tugging on the retina. Vitreous fills the back of the eye, lined by the retina. At birth, the vitreous is attached to the retina but separates with age, a natural condition known as posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).
This separation doesn't cause a problem for most people, but for some, retinal detachment or a tear can occur from the process of PVD. When the vitreous gel clings to the retina, the separation may cause a tear.
Retinal Tear vs. Retinal Detachment
For some patients, their retina will tear before it detaches completely. Retinal holes can also occur. A retinal tear isn't as severe as retinal detachment, but the tear should be treated immediately to prevent progression into retinal detachment. Both retinal tears and retinal detachment have similar symptoms and can result in permanent vision loss.
Do You Have a Retinal Tear? Request an Appointment Right Away
If you have signs that indicate a retinal tear, you should seek medical help right away. The physicians at Retina Associates, LLC actively participate in ocular research and stay up-to-date on the most current medical findings. Our team is affiliated with numerous prestigious organizations, including:
- The American Board of Ophthalmology
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology
- The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- The American College of Surgeons
- The American Society of Retina Specialists
Our physicians are highly trained and specialized in addressing your unique medical concerns to preserve your eye health. Contact our practice to request a consultation at one of our Kansas offices. We have locations in Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, and the greater Kansas City, KS, area:
5-Star Patient Reviews From Shawnee Mission, Overland Park, and the Kansas City, KS, Area
I was referred to Retina Associates because of some vision problems. I went to the Overland Park location to see Dr. Savage. It was probably the best care I've had! They were quick and efficient and explained every step to me. I now have to go regularly for shots in my eye and everyone makes the experience so much more comfortable considering I have a weird fear of anything being near my eyes. Dr. Savage is amazing! So is the whole team!View on Google
The negative reviews here seem quite contrary to my experience. Both me and my spouse have troubled eyes and we've had positive experiences at both the Shawnee Mission and Overland Park offices. My spouse had symptoms of an eye emergency and was seen within an hour of calling and no referral needed. Thankfully it was nothing serious but the quick short-notice appointment shows they truly care.View on Google
The Danger of Ignoring a Retinal Tear
If a retinal tear is not treated immediately, it can progress to retinal detachment, which has a higher chance of blindness.
Complete Vision Loss
If ignored for too long, even surgery won't be able to correct the problem. Blindness can result from a lack of treatment.
Retinal Tear Risk Factors
While anyone can develop a retinal tear, certain people are more likely to develop the condition than others. Risk factors include:
Degree of Myopia (Nearsightedness)
Associated Lattice Degeneration
Family History of Retinal Detachment or Tears
Prior Eye Surgery
How to Prevent Retinal Tears
Retinal tears are often caused by natural aging, leaving no way to prevent it. However, some people experience retinal detachment and tears due to accidents and physical trauma.
When engaging in physical, high-risk activities, you can prevent trauma-induced retinal tears by protecting your eyes with safety goggles or protective eye gear.
Picking the Right Treatment
The doctors at Retina Associates will act quickly to attach the torn retinal tissue to the back of the eye. The exact treatment our doctors will use will depend on the extent and nature of the tear and how the issue can best be resolved to prevent further loss of vision.
Since a torn retina increases the risk of retinal detachment, our doctors may suggest additional treatment, which may include replacing the vitreous gel through a vitrectomy.
All of our offices in the greater Kansans City, KS, area can address your immediate eye care concerns while looking ahead to protect your eyesight in the future.