Vision Centre
Southport and Robina
Gold Coast  Queensland  Australia

Retinal Detachment

Early Treatment Essential

  Retinal detachment is an eye complaint where a layer of tissue on the back of the eye peels away from the tissue beneath it. Without treatment, a small detachment may result in a complete retinal detachment which can cause severe loss of vision or blindness. Retinal detachment can be spontaneous but may also be caused by injury to the head or eye and even the shrinking of the vitreous (the fluid in the eye) which pulls on the tissue as it contracts. Injury or trauma may cause a small tear which may results in retinal detachment as the vitreous leaks into the layers and lifts them away.

Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment

  Symptoms of retinal detachment include an increase in flashes and floaters (a shower or sudden increase in number), a shadow or veil over vision, or straight lines appearing wavy or distorted as well as central vision loss. Treatment includes sclera buckle surgery, where a buckle is placed around the outside of the eye to push the retina back on, cry therapy or laser to the tear in the retina to create scar tissue that seals the area.

  To improve or regain vision, and achieve the best outcome from a vitrectomy operation, it is essential for a patient to remain in a face-down position for a week or more. The thought of remaining face down for such a long period of time can be extremely daunting and finds many people feeling very anxious. Your specialist ophthalmologist will discuss this with you if a vitrectomy is your recommended treatment.

  Please Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with such a procedure you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Retinal Detchment

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Retinal Detachment
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