Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment If immediate treatment is not received, retinal detachment can cause severe permanent loss in your vision. In some cases there may be small areas of the retina that are torn. These areas, called retinal tears or retinal breaks, which in turn can lead to retinal detachment. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position.
What are the risk factors for retinal detachment?
A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women, and Whites more than dark skin people. A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who:
• Are extremely nearsighted
• Have had an ocular injury
• Have a family history of retinal detachment
• Have had cataract surgery
• Have other eye diseases or disorders, such as retinoschisis, uveitis, degenerative myopia, or lattice degeneration
• Have had a previous retinal detachment in the other eye.
Retinal Detachment can be treated with laser surgery. Retinal detachments may also require surgery to return the retina to its proper position in the back of the eye. Some methods are: A gas bubble is often injected into the vitreous space and is used to push the retinal tear back, thus closing it Vitrectomy may be necessary to remove any vitreous gel which is pulling on the retina. A scleral buckle may also be placed in the eye, to help hold the retinal in place.