Retinal Detachment

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. It is an emergency that needs prompt medical treatment to save vision in the affected eye. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about retinal detachment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eyethe retinapulls away from its normal position.

Retinal detachment separates the retinal cells from the layer of blood vessels that provides oxygen and nourishment. It can be caused a sagging vitreous, the gel-like material that fills the inside of the eye. Other causes can include injury or advanced diabetes.

The longer retinal detachment goes untreated, the greater your risk of permanent vision loss.

Retinal detachment is painless but warning signs almost always appear before it occurs or has advanced. These warning signs of retinal detachment include the sudden appearance of floaters, which are small dots, specks, strings or clouds moving in your field of vision. Other warning signs include flashes and reduced vision.

The retina does not work when it is detached and vision becomes blurry. A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated with detached retina surgery.

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