Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachments occur when there is a tear or hole in the retina and fluid from inside the eye gets under the retina causing it to detach.

What is the Retina?

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. The vitreous inside the eye (see image) can pull on the retina and cause a tear. Once there is a tear, fluid can travel from inside the eye to under the retina. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position. If not promptly treated, retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss.

What are Symptoms of Retinal Detachment?

Symptoms include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters, which are little "cobwebs" or specks that float about in your field of vision, and/or light flashes in the eye. Another symptom is the appearance of a curtain over the field of vision. A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of a retinal detachment should see an eye care professional immediately.

Who is at risk for retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women, and Whites more than African Americans.

A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who:

  • Are extremely nearsighted
  • Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
  • Have a family history of retinal detachment
  • Have had cataract surgery
  • Have other eye diseases or disorders, such as retinoschisis, uveitis, degenerative myopia, or lattice degeneration
  • Have had an eye injury

Retinal Detachment Surgery?

Small holes and tears are treated with laser surgery or a freeze treatment called cryopexy. These procedures are usually performed in the doctor's office. During laser surgery tiny burns are made around the hole to "weld" the retina back into place. Cryopexy freezes the area around the hole and helps reattach the retina.

Retinal detachments are treated with surgery that may require the patient to stay in the hospital. Some retinal detachments can be repaired with pneumatic retinopexy, an office procedure.  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. During a vitrectomy, the doctor makes a tiny incision in the sclera (white of the eye). Next, a small instrument is placed into the eye to remove the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the center of the eye and helps the eye maintain a round shape. Gas is often injected to into the eye to replace the vitreous and reattach the retina; the gas pushes the retina back against the wall of the eye. During the healing process, the eye makes fluid that gradually replaces the gas and fills the eye. With all of these procedures, either laser or cryopexy is used to "weld" the retina back in place.

With modern therapy, over 90 percent of those with a retinal detachment can be successfully treated, although sometimes a second treatment is needed. However, the visual outcome is not always predictable. The final visual result may not be known for up to several months following surgery. Even under the best of circumstances, and even after multiple attempts at repair, treatment sometimes fails and vision may eventually be lost. Visual results are best if the retinal detachment is repaired before the macula (the center region of the retina responsible for fine, detailed vision) detaches. That is why it is important to contact an eye care professional immediately if you see a sudden or gradual increase in the number of floaters and/or light flashes, or a dark curtain over the field of vision.

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Dove Medical Press

Scleral buckling in the management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: patient selection and perspectives
Dove Medical Press
Abstract: Although the technique of pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) develops rapidly, scleral buckling (SB) has several advantages over PPV for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD), including early visual rehabilitation and prevention of cataract ...

Peripheral Retinal Nonperfusion in Pediatric Patients With Morning Glory Syndrome
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BLOG: Retina pathology to consider before cataract surgery
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IOL choice is a big consideration in patients with retinal disease, macular disease or any significant risk of retinal detachment. Surgeons are advised against implanting silicone, multifocal or hydrophilic acrylic lenses in these patients. In general ...


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American Council on Science and Health

Zap! Laser Repair Of Your Torn Retina: An Interview With Royce Chen, MD
American Council on Science and Health
In turn, retinal tears may lead to retinal detachment and vision loss. Basically, fluid from the vitreous can sneak underneath the retina through the new break and then cause a separation of the retina from the underlying layer. This results in ...

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The Value of Anti-VEGF Therapy vs PRP for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
... which affects approximately 7% of people with diabetes. PDR is characterized by abnormal blood vessel growth potentially associated with a fibrotic component. This aberrant neovascular tissue can lead to vitreous hemorrhage and retinal detachment ...

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Novartis to file for new Lucentis® (ranibizumab) indication in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a rare disease in ...
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FDA to Review EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for the Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy
BioSpace (press release) (blog)
Intravitreal injections, including those with EYLEA, have been associated with endophthalmitis and retinal detachments. Proper aseptic injection technique must always be used when administering EYLEA. Patients should be instructed to report any ...

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Retinal Surgery Devices Market will hit $2.1 billion by 2021
... Report Titled “Retinal Surgery Devices Market (Retinal Laser Equipment, Microscopic Illumination Equipment, Vitrectomy Packs, Vitrectomy Machines, Surgical Instruments and Others) for Epiretinal Membrane, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Detachment, ...

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More kids becoming nearsighted — Here's an eye doctor's advice
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As the myopia increases in magnitude, he said it makes that adult now much more likely to lose their sight from a side effect of myopia like a retinal detachment or glaucoma. He said he cannot stress enough "that just two hours a day of daylight helps ...

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While being nearsighted may not sound serious, if untreated over time it can put the eyes at risk for serious vision-threatening conditions including retinal detachment, early cataract development, macular degeneration and glaucoma. To give parents a ...
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The Oakland Press

China blames video games for poor eyesight, but the evidence isn't strong
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When this happens, the retina, the eye's lining, gets thinner. Little tears form in retinas stretched too thin. Miller likened the tears to "wallpaper starting to peel off a wall." In the worse case, the result is retinal detachment and blindness. The ...

Alport Syndrome and Vision
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... field of vision. Less than 5 percent of Alport syndrome patients develop a macular hole. Macular holes can sometimes be treated with a surgery called a vitrectomy, which can improve vision and prevent more serious problems, such as retinal detachment.

Insight News

Microglia play a protective role during retinal detachment
Insight News
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE) have found that microglia, the primary immune cells of the brain and retina, protect photoreceptors from cell death in acute retinal detachment. The findings, published in Proceedings of the National ...

Woman suddenly loses central vision
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Global Retinal Surgery Devices Market 2011-2018 & 2025 - Increasing Incidence of Diabetes Globally Drives Demand ...
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Various retinal surgery devices segment such as vitrectomy packs, retinal laser equipment, vitrectomy machines, surgical instruments, Tamponades and others are used for the treatment of retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, ...

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Cooper's MiSight Lens Effective in Checking Juvenile Myopia
Launched in March 2017, this suite of lenses marks significant progress in myopia management. Per management, these lenses lower the incidence of eye diseases associated with short-sightedness, such as retinal detachment and glaucoma. Inside CVI.

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Sickle Cell Anemia and the Eyes
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Retinal Detachment Hook Market Major Manufacturers, Production and Market Comparison Analysis by 2025
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Sun Sentinel

Most eye floaters caused by age-related changes
Sun Sentinel
This change may signal that the retina has pulled way, or is pulling away, from the back of your eye (retinal detachment). Detachment usually occurs over about a week. A retina with a hole or tear can be treated with laser treatment or surgery. If left ...

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Stewart's son was born with retinal detachment in both eyes, she said. When they came home from the hospital, she didn't know what was wrong and took him to Jackson for a consultation. The doctors said her son had cataracts and glaucoma in both eyes ...

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Researcher develops glasses to curb nearsightedness
Degenerative myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment and other degenerative changes in the back of the eye, including bleeding in the eye from abnormal blood vessel growth (neovascularization). It also may increase the risk of ...

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