What is a Retinal Tear?
The retina is a light sensitive tissue lining in the back of our eye upon which light rays are focused unto through our cornea, pupil, and lens. The retina converts these light rays through the optic nerve to our brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see.
As we age, the vitreous may change shape and pull away from the retina. If the vitreous happens to pull a piece of the retina, a retinal tear may occur. Once this happens, vitreous fluid may seep through and lift the retina off the back wall of the eye.
Symptoms of Retinal Tear
If you have the sudden appearance of many floaters (tiny specks that drift through your field of vision), flashes of light in one of both eyes, or blurry vision, you may be experiencing a Retinal Tear. A Retinal Tear may lead to a Retinal Detachment, a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless treated.
What causes a Retinal Tear?
The middle of our eye is filled with a clear gel called vitreous that is attached to the retina in back of the eye. Sometimes, clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous will cast shadows on the retina, causing small dots, specks, or clouds in your field of vision.
As we get older, the vitreous may shrink and pull on the retina, causing flashes, also known as “seeing stars”.
How to Treat a Retinal Tear
Here at Desai Eye Center, we are able to treat a Retinal Tear with Laser Retinopexy, a surgery in which a laser is applied around the retinal tear. Upon this procedure, scar tissue forms over the course of a few weeks and creates a scar. This scar forms a tight seal between the retina and the underlying tissue.
Aftercare From This Procedure
It’s common practice for a surgeon to want to keep you around for a few hours after the procedure to ensure everything went off without a hitch. There aren’t many side-effects associated with the procedure, but it isn’t uncommon for patients to experience eye pain for a couple of days after the operation. If you are dealing with eye pain, get in contact with us so we can help. Suffering from pain can slow down your recovery, so make sure to disclose any discomfort you may be feeling.
If you have a Retinal Tear that you would like to get treated ASAP, give us a call at 956-686-9777 today! We will evaluate your current situation and figure out the next steps on treating your condition.