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

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Retinal detachment: Early warning signs can save sight  WNDU-TV

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HealthWatch: Retinal Detachment: Early Warning Signs Can Save Sight

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Letter to the Editor: Ophthalmologist's experience leads to creation of 'floater reminder sheet'  Ophthalmology Times

Letters to the Editor may be submitted to Letters may be edited for clarity and length. The prevalence of floaters is reported to be ...

What are eye floaters? | Insiders  Elk Valley Times

If you've ever seen something that looks like specks, strings or cobwebs that drift around when you move your eye, but then appear to dart away when you try to.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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

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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.

Health Beat: Retinal detachment: Early warning signs can save sight  69News WFMZ-TV

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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.

Giving voice to the angry, outraged with harsher child abuse penalties  Beckley Register-Herald

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Anne Lutton's Meanderings through Life  Border Counties Advertizer

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Neurology Today  LWW Journals

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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.

Vision problems in children are on the rise. Doctors blame screen time.  Columbia Missourian

Children are at the greatest risk for developing myopia, or nearsightedness. While limiting screen time is important for proper eye development in children, the ...

Scleral buckling or vitrectomy for primary retinal detachment up to surgeon preference  Healio

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii — Whether to perform scleral buckle alone or add it to pars plana vitrectomy in cases of primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is a ...

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Vitrectomy Devices Market Analysis 2025 by Segments: Product & Application | Top Leaders Topcon, NIDEK, Leica Microsystems, Alcon  openPR

Vitrectomy is a surgical procedure employed to remove vitreous gel from the eye. It is carried out when there is retinal detachment with vitreous hemorrhage.

Gone in a flash: 'Floaters' in field of vision can warn of vision issue  Stripes Japan

At first, flashes of light or floating debris-like shapes appear in a person's field of vision. If the condition progresses, a curtain of darkness can be seen as the field ...

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

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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?  Medical Xpress

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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?

City's first eye clinic for animals in Chembur  Mumbai Mirror

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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.

Preventing Stroke After Cervical Artery Dissection | Medpage Today  MedPage Today

Antiplatelets, anticoagulants show similar outcomes at 1 year.

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

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Most of the time, eye floaters pose no risk  Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Black or gray specks, strings or cobwebs that typically drift about when you move your eyes and appear to dart away when you look at them directly are known ...

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

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

Eyenovia to Participate in Two Upcoming Investor Conferences  GlobeNewswire

NEW YORK, March 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eyenovia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYEN), a clinical stage ophthalmic biopharmaceutical company developing a ...

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 ...

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

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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.

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

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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

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Circadian Rhythm Sleep Treatment Market to Expand at a Steady CAGR of 4.7% by 2028: Persistence Market Research  PRNewswire

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Healthy Living: Retinal Detachment  9&10 News

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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.

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.

Why the eye could be the window to brain degeneration such as Alzheimer's disease  Medical Xpress

Researchers from Queen's University Belfast have shown for the first time that the eye could be a surrogate for brain degeneration like Alzheimer's disease (AD).

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 ...

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.

The dark side of antibiotic ciprofloxacin  Baylor College of Medicine News

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

Optometry Blogs | Doug Rett, OD, FAAO | 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.

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Preventing Retinal Detachment

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Gene Therapy Primer for Pharmacists  Pharmacy Times

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

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

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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” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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.…

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.

A New Suggested Strategy for Safe Injection of Ozurdex  Healio

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina | BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:Ozurdex intravitreal injection is performed via a patented injection device.

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 ...

Alport Syndrome and Vision  Alport Syndrome News

Alport syndrome, a genetic disorder, leads to kidney disease, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities. Eye issues are usually diagnosed in middle age or later.

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.

Retinal Tears/ Detachment – A personal story with Rick Webber

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Press Announcements

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

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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.

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.

A simple eye scan promises to help diagnose Parkinson's disease in earliest stages  New Atlas

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Team performs 'impossible' surgery to save dog's sight  vet times

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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 ...

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

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

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

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Vitreous Detachment Treatment

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Trigeminal dysphoria: The ophthalmic highway to hell  Healio

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Fears over Gordon Brown's eyesight: what is a retinal tear?

Retinal tears, such as the two diagnosed in Gordon Brown's right eye, can occur when the vitreous - a jelly-like substance which fills the back of the eye - breaks ...

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 ...

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Revealing the retina: Graphene corneal contact lens provides robust, irritation-free topographic electroretinography

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Treatment of large avascular retinal pigment epithelium detachments in | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

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Retinal detachment in albinism | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

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

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Sight Restored After 55 Years Of Blindness Following Retinal Detachment  Medical News Today

Surgery has restored sight in the eye of a man who for 55 years had a detached retina that left him blind in his right eye after it was hit by a stone when he was 8 ...

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.

Those Random Spots in Your Vision Are Eye Floaters—Here's What to Do About Them  Reader's Digest

Eye floaters are annoying spots that sometimes feel like flashing lights in your eyes. Here's what you need to know about treatment options.

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

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Detached retina linked to over-texting in the dark  CNET

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Ask Well: Floaters in the Eye  New York Times

Floaters, those small dots or cobweb-shaped patches that move or “float” through the field of vision, can be alarming. Though many are harmless, if you develop ...

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