Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is a condition wherein the layers of the retina separate, because of a retinal tear or because of traction or inflammation. It is usually preceded by sudden onset of floaters, with or without flashes of light, and a shadow or curtain in part of your visual field.

When you come in for an exam, your pupils will be enlarged using drops. We will then examine you with an Indirect Ophthalmoscope and try to find the cause of the detachment. Depending on the situation, the Retina Specialist may recommend a Pars Plana Vitrectomy, Scleral Buckling, or Pneumatic Retinopexy, or a combination of the 3. He may also put special medical grade gases, or silicone oil to hold the retina in place. You may need to face down position for 1-2 weeks and air travel may need to be restricted from 2-6 weeks, if gases are placed in the eye. 

Some retinal detachment cases may be complicated by scar tissue formation (PVR), and this is may cause recurrence, or in some instances, may even lead to blindness. Its of utmost importance to see your Retina Specialist within 24-48 hours of experiencing floaters, flashes or curtain.