Retinal Tear

A retinal tear is caused by the vitreous pulling on the peripheral retina. It can cause a retinal detachment.

What is a retinal tear?

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. Retinal tears occur in about 2 percent of eyes at the time of a posterior vitreous detachment. Once there is a tear, fluid can travel from inside the eye to under the retina. The risk of retinal detachment in an eye with a fresh retinal tear is about 70 percent. Treatment can reduce the risk of a tear progressing to a retinal detachment to about one percent. Ten percent of eyes with a retinal tear develop subsequent retinal tears, most within the first 2 months of onset of the symptoms.

What are Symptoms of a retinal tear?

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. At least half the time when the retina tears, a blood vessel in the retina is broken. When that occurs, blood is released into the vitreous which looks like hundreds of tiny pepper spots. You can see a little blood next to the retinal tear in the accompanying image. The spots might look black or red. Retinal tears occur in the far periphery of the retina. Unless there is also a retinal detachment, the change in vision from a retinal tear is not noticeable. If someone sees a shadow and loss of side vision, that means the retinal tear has progressed to a retinal detachment.

What is Laser Surgery?

A retinal tear can be treated with laser surgery or cryotherapy. Both accomplish the same goal:creating an adhesion around the tear to prevent a retinal detachment. The accompanying image shows fresh laser spots surrounding a retinal tear. Both treatments are safe with a very small risk of complications. Both laser and cryotherapy do not immediately create an adhesion. The adhesion is fairly good at one week and very good at four weeks. So it is important to ease into jarring activity following treatment for a retinal tear. Anything that creates excessive movement of the eye can be dangerous until the adhesion is formed. Reading, because of the back and forth movement of the eyes, is usually discouraged for a time following treatment of a retinal tear. About 10 percent of people who have had a retinal tear develop a subsequent retinal tear. Therefore if new and different symptoms occur following treatment it is important to notify your physician.

What about asymptomatic retinal holes?

Small asymptomatic retinal holes are not uncommon and usually do not need to be treated. Some surveys suggest that retinal holes are common and may exist in up to 8 percent of all eyes. The reason that retinal holes rarely cause retinal detachments is that they are not under traction. There are several forces that keep your retina attached. There is a suction force exerted by the retinal pigment epithelium. In addition, the retinal cells interdigitate with the underlying retinal pigment epithelial cells holding the retina in place like Velcro. To create a retinal detachment, a sufficient tractional force has to pull the retina out of position to allow fluid to traverse a retinal hole and enter the subretinal space and cause a retinal detachment. The absence of traction around a retinal hole seems to prevent retinal holes from progressing to retinal detachments.

Retinal Tear NEWS

Below are current articles from a Google News Feed on Central Retinal Tear

Eyes on the road: On the fear of driving when vision becomes impaired  The Globe and Mail

It turns out in Ontario, you don't need both eyes to drive, as long as your one good eye has learned to compensate.

Retinal Detachment Market Research Insights: Technologies, Scope by Professional In-depth Growth Analysis and Trend Projections, MRFR Unleashes the Forecast for 2018 – 2023 |  Medgadget

Retinal Detachment Market Highlights: Retinal detachment occurs when the light-sensitive membrane (retina) in the back of the eye separates from its.

Iron is neurotoxic in retinal detachment and transferrin confers neuroprotection  Science Advances

In retinal detachment (RD), photoreceptor death and permanent vision loss are caused by neurosensory retina separating from the retinal pigment epithelium ...

Tanya Lee | Boxing and the danger of eye injuries  Jamaica Gleaner

So this week, it has come to light that Sakima Mullings has a retina illness that has put a pause on his boxing career as he explores treatment options before ...

What Are Eye Floaters? (Video)  South Florida Reporter

Spots, flashes of light or darkness on any side of your vision could be a sign of eye floaters. Most often noticeable when looking at a plain, bright background, ...

Nearsightedness epidemic, according to Lubbock ophthalmologist

Lubbock, TX - The frequency of nearsightedness has been steadily growing around the world and doctors say there could be several reasons for this ...

Gene Therapy Primer for Pharmacists  Pharmacy Times

Everything pharmacists should know about gene therapy medications from current approved products to near and long-term pipeline information.

Zap! Laser Repair Of Your Torn Retina: An Interview With Royce Chen, M.D.  American Council on Science and Health

Tears of the retina are fairly common and they can lead to blindness. Fortunately, there's a quick and nearly-painless repair method that requires a few zaps of a ...

If you see these weird dots or cobwebs in your eye, they are probably eye floaters  ABC News

They are called eye floaters and are quite common for most people due to changes in the vitreous — the gel-like substance that helps make up most of the ...

Myopia is risk factor for multiple tears during evolution of PVD  Healio

Multiple retinal tears occurring during the evolution of posterior vitreous detachment are more frequently observed in myopic patients, are symptomatic and are ...

Retinal detachment and tears: the correct procedure to ensure early diagnosis and treatment  Lexology

A retinal detachment associated with a retinal tear is a serious ophthalmic condition. It is often a medical emergency and, if not treated quickly…

Australian eye expert explains science behind the ‘floaters’ you see after looking at bright light  Brinkwire

If you've ever looked too long at a bright light or clear blue sky, you'll probably have experienced an 'eye floater'. Eye floaters are the little black smudges or ...

Is Posterior Vitreous Detachment a Serious Eye Problem?  Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

Posterior vitreous detachment is quite a mouthful. (And sounds a bit scary.) Fortunately, this eye condition usually won't threaten your vision or require treatment.

PVD patients seeking care on first day of symptoms have higher rate of retinal tears  Healio

Patients with posterior vitreous detachment who seek care on the first day of their symptoms have a statistically significant higher risk for retinal tears.

Examining Ties Between Chiropractic Treatment and Vision Loss  Michigan Medicine

In rare occurrences, forceful manipulation of the neck is linked to a damaging side effect: vision problems and bleeding inside the eye.

Scleral buckling in the management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachmen | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Scleral buckling in the management of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: patient selection and perspectives Sung Who Park,1,2 Jae Jung Lee,1,2 Ji Eun ...

Five symptoms that might mean you should head to an eye doctor | Provided by LasikPlus  Seattle Times

Issues with the eyes should be taken seriously as they can be a good indicator of what's going on systemically.

My health story: detached retina  Saga Magazine News

Even though he's an optometrist himself, David Cartwright missed the signs of a detached retina – which is why he wants everyone to be aware of them. 06/09/ ...

Can chiropractic care disrupt vision? In rare occurrences, forceful manipulation of neck is linked to damaging side effect  Science Daily

For those in the habit of getting their neck adjusted by a chiropractor, there's an interesting case to know about: High velocity neck manipulation has been shown ...

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What are eye floaters?  Medical Xpress

Dear Mayo Clinic: I've noticed several dark spots and cobweblike strings in my vision. Is this something to be concerned about?

Retinal detachment in albinism | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Retinal detachment in albinism Ahmad M Mansour,1,2 Jay Chhablani,3 J Fernando Arevalo,4,5 Lihteh Wu,6 Ravi Sharma,3 Suthasinee Sinawat,7 Tharikarn ...

Posterior vitreous detachment - prevalence of and risk factors for ret | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Posterior vitreous detachment - prevalence of and risk factors for retinal tears Martin Bond-Taylor,1 Gunnar Jakobsson,1,2 Madeleine Zetterberg1,2 ...

Is Blue Light From Your Smart Phone Harmful To Your Eyes?  Forbes

While the habit of checking your smartphone at night may seem like an innocent practice, the reality is that it could actually be leading to permanent damage to ...

Preventing Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is a sight-threatening disorder. It comprises the separation of the retina from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).

See floaters like these? Could be fine — or serious  Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

They're a phenomenon many people experience, but few really understand.

6 things your eye doctor wishes you would stop doing  Business Insider

David Bruce Jr./Flickr Taking care of your eyes is important, but it's unfortunately pretty easy to let that fall by the wayside or not be quite as high on your list of ...

Risk Factors for Retinal Redetachment After Silicone Oil Removal: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis  Healio

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina | BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:This systematic review and meta-analysis was made to measure risk factors ...

Patient history, careful retinal assessment key for flashes of light  Healio

ATLANTA – A multitude of conditions can cause a patient to experience flashes of light, Jill Autry, OD, RPh, said, and optometrists must take a thorough patient ...

Eye floaters: How I almost went blind in one eye  El Paso Inc.

El Paso leads the nation in diabetes, and blindness is a major side effect of the disease that impacts older Hispanics more than any other group in the United ...

Research to explore link between heavy lifting, detached retinas  Safety+Health magazine

It's well known that lifting a heavy load can hurt the back. However, researchers are exploring how lifting, pushing and pulling also can result in eye damage.

Seeing black dots, flashes? Get eyes checked for retinal tears  The Straits Times

Q I had a vitrectomy about two years ago on my right eye, where vitreous gel was removed from the middle of my eye. I also had cataract surgery about six ...

Retinal Detachment Market 2018 to 2023 Highlight | Competitive Top Players Analysis and Recent Trends |  Medgadget

The Global Retinal Detachment Market was around USD 1800.3 million in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 2689.2 million by 2023 which is a projected ...

Retinal Detachment Sidelines Vikings Coach  University of Utah Health Care

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM. Author: Moran Eye Center. When Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer was recently sidelined with a retinal detachment, the sports ...

BLOG: Why are flap tears shaped like a horseshoe?  Healio

Most of us have seen a flap tear in the peripheral retina. If it's in the superior retina, it's invariably “U” or “V” shaped. If it's in the inferior retina, it's shaped like an ...

European Commission Approves Spark Therapeutics' LUXTURNA® (voretigene neparvovec), a One-time Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease Caused by Confirmed Biallelic RPE65 Mutations  GlobeNewswire

LUXTURNA is first gene therapy for a genetic disease approved in both the U.S. and EU. LUXTURNA is first and only gene therapy approved in EU for patients ...

So you think you can do without health insurance?  The Boston Globe

Without health insurance, many Americans will simply not get preventive care.

What are eye floaters? 5 vision symptoms you shouldn't ignore

Eye exams not only gauge your vision, but can also provide vital information about your overall health.

Fast Action Can Save Sight if Retina Is Detached or Blocked  New York Times

Modern treatments can do wonders if they are begun before the damage to the eye is irreversible.

Statins to help prevent scar tissue in the eye?  Science Daily

According to a new study, statin medication seems to reduce the risk of repeated surgery in patients who undergo a vitrectomy to treat a detached retina.

Vitreous Detachment Treatment

A vitreous detachment by itself does not cause any visual problems. However, it is associated with a significant number of patients who have retinal tears or the ...

Seeing Bugs And Worms All Over? It's OK. It's Just In Your Eye  Star2

Seeing "worms" everywhere is a common description of having "floaters" in our eye. These floaters are actually caused by age-related changes within the ...

Retinal Tears/ Detachment – A personal story with Rick Webber

Global Okanagan News Anchor Rick Webber has been away from work after doctors found a tear in his retina. Rick talks about the symptoms of a retinal tear, ...

CNV Removal Improves Complications with Anti-VEGF Therapy for AMD  MD Magazine

While not the preferred solution, choroidal neovascularization removal in patients with AMD can be useful in specific circumstances.

Health | Q&A: How serious are retinal tears?  BBC News

Gordon Brown has two minor tears in his retina - but how common is the condition and what are the risks?

AAO 2018: Non-contact Panretinal Photocoagulation for Navilas® 577s Introduced by OD-OS  PR Newswire

IRVINE, California and TELTOW, Germany, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO ...

5 Eye Problems To Never Ignore - Eye Floaters, Freckles, More  Women's Health

Noticing changes in your vision, from floaters to redness and spots, can be life-saving—and not just for your eye health. Here's your guide to symptoms to look ...

After surgery to repair a retinal tear, Bethe Correia hoping for spring return  MMA Fighting

Turns out women's bantamweight contender had a good reason to turn down a fight with Miesha Tate -- a retinal tear in her right eye. After undergoing surgery ...

Can Running Cause Retinal Detachment—or Make It Worse?  Runner's World

A runner with an eye injury wonders how quickly he can get back on the road—or whether he should run again at all.

Eye floaters and flashes of light linked to retinal tear, detachment  Science Daily (press release)

Suddenly seeing floaters or flashes of light may indicate a serious eye problem that -- if untreated -- could lead to blindness, a new study shows.

Experiencing blurry vision? You might be at risk of retinal detachment  ABS-CBN News

Blurry vision is usually associated with the need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. That is why sometimes, we tend to skip the process of consulting an eye ...

Voretigene Neparvovec Benefit Sustained at 3 Years for Inherited Retinal Disease  MD Magazine

Voretigene neparvovec demonstrated sustained improvements in vision for patients with biallelic RPE65-mutation–associated inherited retinal disease.

Floaters Are Common as We Age but May Signal a More Serious Eye Problem  UKNow

Dots that float around in your field of vision can be annoying and disruptive, but are they dangerous? Dr. Clare Fraser from the UK Department of Ophthalmology ...

Spark Therapeutics Presents Three Post-hoc Analyses from Phase 3 Clinical Trial of LUXTURNA® (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl) at American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting  GlobeNewswire

Use of different measurement for best-corrected visual acuity of participants in the Phase 3 clinical trial of LUXTURNA achieved statistically significant ...

A sudden burst of black spots in my eye turned out to be a threat to my sight  Washington Post

It started late on a Thursday afternoon last May, when I noticed a wispy dark shadow in the lower left corner of my right eye. At first, I didn't worry about it.

What to Do About Those Floaters in Your Eyes  University of Utah Health Care

People may often see little moving proteins—called floaters—in their eyes. Ophthalmologist Dr. Brian Zaugg explains what floaters are, why they occur, and why ...

Robot Performs First-Ever Surgery Inside Human Eye

In a medical first, surgeons have used a robot to operate inside the human eye, greatly improving the accuracy of a delicate surgery to remove fine membrane ...

Are eye floaters a dangerous medical condition?  Free Malaysia Today

Although the presence of grey and black specks, spots, strings or cobwebs is annoying, it causes no pain and is generally nothing to worry about.

First FDA-Approved Gene Therapy Procedure for Inherited Disease Performed  MD Magazine

This is the first and only FDA-approved gene therapy for treatment for an inherited disease.

The evolution from an eye scratch to major surgery for Mike Zimmer  Star Tribune

After scratching his eye during the Vikings loss to the Chicago Bears, coach Mike Zimmer underwent a procedure to repair a torn retina and all seemed to be ...

Some chiropractic treatments can harm eyesight  Medical News Today

A new case study warns that certain chiropractic techniques can lead to problems with vision due to their direct effect on the eye's retina.

What should you do about those unpleasant eye floaters?  Harvard Health

For some people, debris from the vitreous in the eye may wind up floating around. These “floaters” may interfere with vision and become bothersome.…

Why that flashing light in your eyes could be a warning of blindness  Daily Mail

The average risk of retinal detachment is pretty low — about one in 10000. But if you're not operated on — and quickly — you can go blind. This is Gill Hudson's ...

Easy on the Eyes: Protecting Eye Health Through Cancer Treatments

CAROLYN CHOATE, A 15-YEAR survivor of stage 3b breast cancer, fully expects to live for a long time to come. However, an ongoing eye problem presents a ...

Floaters & Flashes: Cause for Concern?  University of Utah Health Care

Jun 21, 2016 1:00 AM. Author: Moran Eye Center. Have you ever looked up at a bright blue sky, or stared at a plain background and noticed little “floaters” ...

67-year-old outpaces torn retina, set for marathon  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In Our Shoes: A retired science teacher and coach, Bill Lamers, 67, was ramping up for his first marathon when he hit a serious medical problem.

approves novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss

FDA approves novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss.

Spark Therapeutics Announces Positive CHMP Opinion for One-time Gene Therapy LUXTURNA® (voretigene neparvovec) in the European Union  GlobeNewswire

LUXTURNA would be first gene therapy for a genetic disease approved in both U.S. and EU. LUXTURNA would be first and only gene therapy approved in EU ...

Popular antibiotics to carry new warning about retinal detachment  Vancouver Sun

A popular class of antibiotics will now carry a warning label after Health Canada completed a second review of reports that some patients using the drugs had ...

Ophthalmology Made Simple  American Veterinarian

Ophthalmic examination offers unique insight into a patient's health status, according to Elizabeth Giuliano, DVM, MS, DACVO. At the 2018 Western Veterinary ...

Seeing Specks or Flashes of Light? Here’s Why | Health Plus  AsiaOne

Dr Goh Kong Yong, an ophthalmologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, explains what floaters and flashes are and how they can affect your vision.

Subretinal fluid drainage during scleral buckling procedure key to closing retinal breaks  Healio

Ocular Surgery News Europe Edition | Vitrectomy has become the procedure of choice for many forms of retinal detachment. However, scleral buckling ...

Six things you believe about your eyes that are totally wrong  PRI

A pair of ophthalmologists discuss why you probably don't need to exercise your eyes and five other commonly-believed myths about the eye.

How your eyes can reveal a brain tumour  Health24

Don't skip your annual eye test. A routine eye test can be vital in the detection of serious medical conditions.

Spotlight on Retinal Diseases  Medscape

New anti-VEGF therapies for DME and AMD, as well as retinal detachment outcomes, were among the highlights presented at Retina Subspecialty Day during ...

The Facts About Eye Floaters and Flashes - Vision Center  Everyday Health

As your eyes get older, you may see odd floating images or flashing lights in your field of vision. Are these eye floaters a normal part of aging – or a sign of eye ...

Eyes have it at Community Clinic  Bellingen Courier Sun

Bellingen's Community Acupuncture and Shiatsu clinic will begin a special *service* to treat macular degeneration and other eye problems at the Bellingen CWA ...

Ehrlich: Dilated eye exams provice a comprehensive view into the health of your eyes  Vail Daily News

This spring, a rash of cases of a rare, but often fatal, form of cancer known as ocular melanoma was reported, with 50 individuals in North Carolina and Alabama.

Here’s what happens to your retina if you view an eclipse without protection  Ars Technica

Americans are making their last dashes for glasses and viewers to watch the rare total solar eclipse that will glide across the continental US on Monday.

6 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore  Newsmax

There are six symptoms that you ignore at your peril.

What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye - Harvard Health Blog  Harvard Health Publications

Floaters and flashes are a common sight for many, but they can be a warning sign of trouble, especially when they suddenly appear or become more plentiful.

Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor sustains eye injury  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor was diagnosed with a retinal tear to his right eye, which occurred Friday...

Has Jill Zarin Found the Perfect Foxy Pomeranian to Add to Her Family?  Bravo

This past January, The Real Housewives of New York City alum Jill Zarin lost her beloved husband, Bobby Zarin. As she told The Daily Dish, she's been coping ...

Retinal detachment risk from cataract surgery falls  Fox News

The risk of a person's retina detaching after having a cataract removed is dropping, says a new study. Australian researchers found that the number of people ...

Detached retina linked to over-texting in the dark  CNET

A young Chinese man who constantly texted his girlfriend at night has emergency surgery for something more associated with the elderly, report says.

Retinal detachment: look out for the signs - Health & Wellbeing  ABC Local

Host of the ABC's Health Report, Norman Swan is medically qualified but that didn't stop him ignoring the early warning signs of his own medical emergency.

Your Eyes: Understanding Flashes and Floaters  Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic

Ever see something drifting across the sky, then discover it's actually drifting across your eye? That would be a “floater.”

Warning sign you must not ignore – floaters or flies in your eye  NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Anyone, my age would remember the popular story of “The boy who cried wolf.” The tale goes like this. A young shepherd boy, alone and out in the fields.

Floating black spots or flashes in your eye? Get to an eye doctor right away.  The Washington Post

Have you ever had black specks floating around in your vision? Patrick Muffler noticed some one day. “I saw funny V-shaped floaters in my eye,” he says.

Should You Seek Help for Eye Floaters?

Floaters are shadows of the cell strands that are present in the vitreous of the eye. Though many floaters do no harm, there are some conditions in which an ...

Woman regains vision in injured eye months after she was punched by stranger  CTV News

Seven months after she was randomly punched in the face by a stranger in downtown Winnipeg, a young woman has finally regained vision in her severely ...

The story behind why Curtis Harper walked out of the ring  Sporting News

Curtis Harper labored in obscurity for most of his eight-year career as a professional boxer. But by now, most boxing fans have seen the video of Harper walking ...

What causes floaters in the eye?  The Independent

'Floaters' are the little dots and shadows that float across your vision. Sometimes floaters will go through your eye and you won't even notice, because your brain ...

Is your child hooked to mobile? High time to wean off the child from this bad habit  Himalayan Times

Do you think children's using mobile (smart) phone is the trend of time and you are allowing your children hooked to smart phone?

Syracuse Basketball: Paschal Chukwu Potentially Out For The Season  Inside the Loud House

The Syracuse basketball team is losing a big piece on the defensive end. This new injury could keep the big man out for the entire 2016-17 season.

New Treatment Could Reduce The Number Of Squiggly 'Floaters' In Your Eye  IFLScience

You know those squiggly “floater” things you sometimes get darting around in the corner of your vision? Scientists have recently been working on a laser t.

The laser beam that can get rid of those pesky eye floaters  The Conversation UK

Those annoying things that float in front of your vision can be reduced with laser therapy.

6 ways to improve and protect your vision - Harvard Health  Harvard Health

Healthy habits help protect one's vision and independence. These include eating a healthy diet with foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as leafy…

YAG photoablation effective first-line treatment for vitreous opacities  Healio

Primary Care Optometry News | A 56-year-old certified ophthalmic technician presented for a comprehensive eye examination. He was complaining of persistent ...

The FDA Approves a New Gene Therapy Treatment for a Rare Form of Blindness  Futurism

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a new form of gene therapy that targets a rare inherited eye disease. The FDA panel had ...

Bryan Berard, top pick in '95 draft, files concussion-related lawsuit against NHL  Sporting News

Former NHL defenseman Bryan Berard has joined a large number of his fellow ex-players in their fight with the league over the issue of concussions and brain ...

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