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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BLOG: Treating retinal tears, detachments with laser  Healio

Ophthalmology Blogs | Luo | Laser is absolutely indispensable in my practice for the treatment of retinal tear and retinal detachment. I have experienced an ...

Impact of early vitrectomy for dense vitreous hemorrhage of unknown etiology  MD Linx

In this retrospective review, researchers examined the effectiveness of early surgical intervention for dense vitreous hemorrhage (DVH) with unknown etiology.

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40 Symptoms That *Always* Warrant A Call To Your Doctor Right Away  Women's Health

Some physical symptoms, like shoulder pain and eye floaters, seem like nothing but could be life threatening. So call your doctor if you notice these.

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.

Late Onset Retinal Detachment from a Retinal Tear Associated with Laser Indirect Ophthalmoscopy for Retinopathy of Prematurity: A Case Report  DocWire News

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

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

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

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Updated chandelier illumination-assisted scleral buckling using 3D vis | OPTH  Dove Medical Press

Updated chandelier illumination-assisted scleral buckling using 3D visualization system.

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.

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 ...

A Patient’s Guide to Eye Disease  U.S. News & World Report

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

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Eyes front: My advice for those seeking retinal surgery  Noted

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Minimally invasive retinal detachment treatment has better outcomes, clinical trial finds  Science Daily

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

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

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

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

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BLOG: Cataract surgery in the patient with retinal disease  Healio

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

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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.

Preventing Retinal Detachment  News-Medical.net

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

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

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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.

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?

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.

Aging eyes and expectations  webcenter11

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BLOG: Suggestions for retina patients undergoing cataract surgery  Healio

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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 ...

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

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Complication of Eye Surgery Can Kill in a Minute  Medscape

This rare complication of vitrectomy is almost always fatal. Some specialists have not heard of it, but they are now learning that reconfirming the location of the ...

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

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Gas mask sales soar in Taiwan as Hong Kong protesters seek fresh supplies  South China Morning Post

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Vitreous Detachment Treatment  News-Medical.net

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 ...

Portable device attached to smartphone can diagnose eye disease remotely  News-Medical.net

A portable device attached to a smartphone can help capture precise images of the retina to diagnose eye disease. The new method by a startup company, ...

Remove Depo-Medrol from ophthalmological surgical suites to avoid accidental retinal toxicity  Healio

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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 ...

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, ...

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

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

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Fears over Gordon Brown's eyesight: what is a retinal tear?  Telegraph.co.uk

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

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Retinal Surgery Devices Market Segment is Expected to Remain Highly Attractive during the Forecast Period  ScoopJunction

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

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

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

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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.

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Not Linked to Retinal Detachment  Medscape

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Flashes and Floaters in Your Eyes: When to See the Doctor  Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

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

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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.

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” ...

Optometrist failed to provide adequate care to woman who suffered a detached retina  Stuff.co.nz

A woman faced losing her sight and needed surgery after an optometrist failed to pick up her retina had become detached.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Can we zap eye floaters away? - Harvard Health Blog  Harvard Health

An experimental treatment can remove a certain type of floater with a laser, but further study is needed before it can be widely recommended.

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

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June 11 is National Call Your Doctor Day and doctors weigh in on why you should give yours a call  New York Daily News

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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 ...

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.

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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 ...

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

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