Retinal detachment is a condition in which the retina begins to pull away from its proper place. This can obviously cause many issues with how well you can see. If you think you might be suffering from retinal detachment, an eye exam at Epic Vision Eye Centers will help us determine what form of eye care you need to protect your vision.
What Causes Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachment is typically caused by aging. Over time, the jelly which helps keep your retina attached can dehydrate, leaving little to hang onto the retina. However, it can also be caused by eye injuries, tumors, and other medical issues.
Symptoms of Retinal Detachment
Symptoms vary between patients, but common ones include the following:
- Seeing floaters or tiny specks drifting through your visual field
- Blurry vision
- Shadows in your field of vision
- Difficulty with peripheral or side vision
- Experiencing flashes of light in the eyes
- Feeling as though a curtain is coming down over your eyes
Retinal detachment doesn’t cause pain, but it can make daily life difficult. It is essential to visit your optometrist for an eye exam immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
Treatment will depend on the severity of the detachment. If you are in the beginning stages, vision can typically be preserved through laser surgery or freezing therapy, which creates a scare to secure the retina. These are outpatient procedures.
If your retina has detached, other treatments can help. One is pneumatic retinopexy, which helps stop the flow of fluid. This is often used in conjunction with freezing to fully address the issue. Another procedure involves draining the fluid in the eye before replacing it with another substance. This can help flatten the retina and prevent further damage.
When you visit our team at Epic Vision Eye Centers, we will perform a full exam and discuss all of the treatment options with you. Keep in mind that if your condition is severe, you might need treatment within a few days of the diagnosis.
Contact Epic Vision Eye Center
Don’t let your vision suffer. Our team at Epic Vision Eye Centers will make sure you get the eye care you need to protect your vision. Make an appointment with our office in Baldwin City at (785) 594-2200, Bonner Springs at (913) 422-7781, Clay Center at (785) 632-6100, Dodge City at (620) 227-2471, Manhattan at (785) 539-6051, North KC at (816) 256-4077, Parkville at (816) 587-1320, Smithville at (816) 873-0202, or Washington at (785) 370-4733. Call our team today or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.