WHAT IS RETINAL DETACHMENT (RD)?
Retinal detachment is when the retina separates causing flashes, floaters, and loss of vision. A retinal detachment is an emergency condition that should be treated urgently by a retinal specialist.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A RETINAL DETACHMENT?
New flashes of light, floaters, blurry vision, distorted vision, and loss of central or peripheral vision.
WHAT CAUSES A RETINAL DETACHMENT?
The most common cause of a retinal detachment is when a hole forms in the retina. This allows fluid to separate the retina from the back of the eye. Less common causes of retinal detachment include from diabetes or from a leaking tumor.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR A RETINAL DETACHMENT?
Retinal detachments are treated with outpatient surgery. A gas bubble or silicone oil bubble combined with laser surgery is used. In some cases, an office procedure can be used to treat a retinal detachment to avoid surgery.