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Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is considered an emergency and results when a thin layer of tissue from the eye pulls away from the regular position. The retinal cells and the layer of blood vessels are separated during retinal detachment. These blood vessels are what provide both nourishment and oxygen. If left untreated, retinal detachment. Give us a call here at Eye Site if you are looking for an optometrist in Katy & Houston to treat retinal detachment.

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Causes & Symptoms

Three of the most common types of retinal detachment are:

  • Rhegmatogenous – This is the most common type of retinal detachment that results from a tear or hole in the retina which becomes filled with fluid. You can lose your vision if the retina detaches and lose its blood supply. This condition normally comes with age since the vitreous can shrink or fill up with liquid.
  • Exudative – This condition occurs when fluid collects underneath the retina without any holes or tears present. This is caused by injury to the eye, tumors, inflammatory disorders, or age-related macular degeneration.
  • Tractional – Scar tissue on the surface of the retina can result in tractional retinal detachment. This causes the retina to pull away. Many people with poorly controlled diabetes experience this type of retinal detachment.

Symptoms of retinal detachment are relatively painless. Warning signs include:

  • The appearance of floaters, which are specks in your field of vision
  • Blurry vision
  • A curtain-like shadow over your vision
  • A decrease in your peripheral vision

Treatment

Surgery is often required to repair a retinal detachment. There are different techniques available. After properly diagnosing retinal detachment, our optometrist will discuss the best course of action with you. Freezing or laser surgery is typically recommended for retinal tears.

Depending on the severity of your condition, our surgeon may recommend:

  • An eye injection
  • Draining and replacing the fluid in the affected eye
  • Creating an indention in the surface of your eye

Optometrist in Katy & Houston

If you are looking for an optometrist in Katy & Houston, Eye Site is ready to assist you. If you suspect you are suffering from retinal detachment, we will discuss treatment options with you. A complete and thorough diagnosis will be completed before treatment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (281) 644-2010 or request an appointment online.

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