Retinal Detachment

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this serious eye injury in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The retina is a light-sensitive, transparent tissue located in the back of the eye. Retinal detachment is the separation of the retina from the tissues underneath it.

Symptoms of retinal detachment may include sudden onset of floaters, bright flashes of light and blurred vision. A small percentage of people may develop a retinal tear which can progress to a retinal detachment if it is not treated.

Patients with symptoms of retinal detachment should immediately consult an ophthalmologist. The goal is to prevent detachment of the macula because this is the portion of the retina responsible for fine, detailed central vision.

The chances of recovering vision are greater when the retina is repaired before the macula is detached. Most people with retinal detachment need surgery to repair it, either immediately or after a short time. There are several types of surgery used depending on the severity and type of detachment. Once the retina is reattached, vision often improves or stabilizes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.