The retina is responsible for receiving and processing our vision, making it a vital component of our ocular health. A retina is like a camera, making it possible for use to take snapshots of our environment, process this information, and turn it into colorful and meaningful vision. However, the retina can be separated from its underlying tissue, which supports its healthy functions – and unless the retina is reattached, you could encounter sight-threatening issues.
If you suspect you have a detached retina, it’s critical to make an emergency appointment with your ophthalmologist. This is a serious eye condition that could lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.
One of the most common causes of a detached retina is an injury to the face; the sudden physical impact can cause the retina to tear away from the supportive tissue. A less common cause is extreme nearsightedness, due to the fact that a thinning retina is more likely to detach from the tissue than a healthy one.
Detached retinas can also be caused by cataract surgery, tumors, diabetes, and in some rare cases, LASIK surgery.
Fortunately, the symptoms of a detached retina are recognizable, giving you the signal you need to make an emergency appointment with your ophthalmologist. These symptoms include:
- Flashes of light
- Blurry vision
- Poor vision
- Seeing a shadow descend from the top of the eye
- Since there is no pain associated with retinal detachment, it’s important for you to stay vigilant with these symptoms.
To stay on top of detached retinas and its symptoms, it’s important to schedule regular exams with your ophthalmologist. At the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser Surgery – serving the greater Fort Lauderdale, FL and surrounding Florida areas – Dr. Loeffler and his staff members are dedicated to re-attaching retinas in order to preseve a patient’s vision. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Loeffler today to learn more about your treatment options if your retina has detached. We’re located in Lighthouse Pt. and we serve the Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton & Ft. Lauderdale areas. Call us at (954) 786-5353.