The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that sends images to the brain. Normally, the retina lies against the back of the eye where blood vessels furnish it with oxygen and nutrients. Tears in the retina may impair vision and lead to a detached retina.
A detached retina occurs when the retina pulls away from the inside wall of the eye. When this happens vision becomes blurred, shaded or distorted. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached. And unless the retina is reattached soon, permanent vision loss may result. This is therefore an emergency surgery, requiring immediate treatment. If you suddenly notice spots, floaters and flashes of light, you may be experiencing the warning signs of a detached retina.
Your vision might become blurry, or you might have poor vision. Another sign is seeing a shadow or a curtain descending from the top of the eye or across from the side.
These signs can occur gradually as the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue, or they may occur suddenly if the retina detaches immediately.No pain is associated with retinal detachment
If the detachment is caused by a tear in the retina, the surgeon usually uses a laser or a freezing probe to “spot weld” the retina and thereby seal the tear. If a laser is used, this is called laser photocoagulation; use of a freezing probe is called cryopexy. Dr Alejandro Garcia the Retinal Ophthalmologist with Vision Express has several years experience dealing with retinal detachment surgery. The Eye Surgery operating theatre at Vision Express Karlione Court, Rodney Bay has the required equipment and the expertise of Dr Garcia, Retinal Ophthalmologist, to deal with emergency cases of retinal detachment.
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