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.
Retinal Tears Require Immediate Medical Attention
If you're experiencing vision problems and think you may have a retinal tear, contact our office as soon as possible to request a consultation. If left untreated, retinal tears can lead to retinal detachment and permanent vision loss. Request a consultation at one of our greater Kansas City area offices for treatment.
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
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:
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 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.
Diagnosing a Retinal Tear
Often doctors can detect a retinal tear from a simple retinal exam. The doctor will use a device that allows them to see the back of the eye to diagnose any tears, holes, or detachment the retina has.
If bleeding is present in the eye, the retina may be more challenging to view in-depth and clearly. In this case, ultrasound imaging can be used to see the retina without the obstruction of blood.
If the vitreous has begun to separate but no tear is present, the doctor may recommend you join us for another appointment in a few weeks to check up on the state of your eye.
Check Both Eyes
Even if you arrive with symptoms only in one eye, our doctors will check both of your eyes to see if a retinal tear is present or if there's a chance of a delayed retinal tear.
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 Kansas City, KS, area can address your immediate eye care concerns while looking ahead to protect your eyesight in the future.
We Can Help Request an Appointment
Vision problems can make you uncertain about what's causing the problem and unsure how to solve it. Our doctors are highly trained and board-certified to diagnose and treat your retinal condition. Don't let the problem progress. Fix it with a visit to our office. Call to request a consultation at one of our greater Kansas City offices:
The Cost of Treatment
Retinal tear surgery is never an elective procedure, which means it is covered by insurance. Our office wants you to receive treatment immediately, which is why we accept most insurance providers.
If you don't have medical insurance, our office accepts CareCredit® financing to split the cost of treatment into monthly installments with no interest or a low interest fee.
"I have my vision." 5-Star Reviews From Greater Kansas City Patients
I had never even heard of a retinal detachment until it happened to me. The staff is amazing. The Dr. isn’t overly conversational, but he’s polite and answers your questions. And more importantly, he’s skilled. My eye was repaired and recovery has proceeded as well as could be anticipated. I have my vision. I have complete confidence in the team at Retina Associates.View on Google
It has been about 20 years, but after three retina detachments over a period of about 90 days, Dr. Dyer took over on the third one and, essentially, redid everything the previous surgeon had done, but better. After that, I had a series of follow-up appointments with him and some additional surgeries to "clean up" after the "big one" as I call it, and Dr. Dyer was always easy to talk to, never appeared to be in a rush, and spent time going over everything both before and after.View on Google