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Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina is lifted or pulled from the wall of the eye. If not treated immediately, a retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss. A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of a retinal detachment should call the office immediately.

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

  • The appearance of a curtain over the field of vision.
  • Seeing lght flashes
  • Wavy or watery vision
  • A sudden decrease in vision
  • A sudden increase in the number of floaters in the field of vision

Who is most at risk for retinal detachment?

  • Those who are very nearsighted
  • The elderly
  • People with a family history of retinal detachment
  • Those who have had cataract surgery
  • Patients with diabetes or other eye disorders

Treatment for Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachments are treated with surgery that may require a hospital stay. In some cases, a scleral buckle, a tiny synthetic band, is attached to the outside of the eyeball to gently push the wall of the eye against the detached retina. If necessary, a vitrectomy may also be performed. Vitrectomy is a procedure in which the vitreous humor is removed and replaced with a gas that pushes the retina back onto the wall of the eye. Over time the eye produces fluid that replaces the gas. In both of these procedures either a laser or a cryopexy (a freezing device) is used to “weld” the retina back in place.

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Williams Eye Institute – Hammond

 219-931-7509
 
   (Dial number if in Illinois)

Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 7:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Fri: 7:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Williams Eye Institute – Merrillville

Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 7:30a.m.– 4:00p.m.
Fri: 7:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.

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