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.

Surgery for Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment NEWS

Below are current articles from a Google News Feed on Retinal Detachment


Vitrectomy beats scleral buckling in rhegmatogenous retinal detachment study
ModernMedicine
Eyes operated on with pars plana vitrectomy needed fewer reoperations over 180 days than eyes subjected to scleral buckling (SB) in a retrospective comparison of patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). “The reasons for inferiority of SB ...


Detailed Study on Global Retinal Detachment treatment Market Developing Trends Forecasted for the Period 2017-2022
Medgadget (blog)
... To give bits of knowledge about elements influencing the market development; To break down the retinal Detachment treatment showcase in light of different elements value examination, inventory network investigation, doormen five drive examination ...

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Telemedicine: Casey Eye Institute doctor remotely examines preemies for blindness
KATU
With the help of telemedicine, for monitoring a premature Salem baby's eyes for retinal detachment remotely, a doctor at the Casey Eye Institute hopes to prevent a leading cause of blindness in infants born before term. Born at just 26 weeks, Nathan ...


A quality of life study comparing scleral buckle and pneumatic retinopexy for the treatment of rhegmatogenous ...
Dove Medical Press
Patients who have undergone surgical treatment for retinal detachment may have significantly impaired visual-related quality of life.1 Although there are many studies that compare the visual outcomes and anatomical success of scleral buckle and ...

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World Vitreous Tamponades Market - Opportunities & Forecasts to 2022 - Analysis By Type & Geography - Research ...
Business Wire (press release)
Vitreous Tamponades are postoperative tools used in retinal detachment vitrectomy procedures. Retinal detachment is very serious medical complication and if not treated on time, can lead to permanent loss of vision. In the United States about 6% of ...

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Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Health briefs for June 23
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
Retina surgeon Dr. Heather Hancock will be the featured speaker. Dr. Hancock treats patients with macular degeneration, retinal detachment, vein or arterial occlusions, diabetic retinopathy and several other conditions, including pediatric retinal ...


AMA backs evidence-based vaccine policy, opposes new commission
American Medical Association (blog)
The resolution also stated that nearsightedness might “lead to lower quality of life, financial burden, retinal detachment and macular degeneration” in children. To help prevent myopia onset and progression in school children and adolescents, delegates ...


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Incoming Federal Student Aid Boss 'Could Be Great, Could Be Terrible'
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
The man — Mark L. Hoium — had borrowed the money to attend Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minnesota but never graduated and stated in court records that he was unable to work due to retinal detachment in both eyes and spinal problems.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Intent to Appoint Dr. A. Wayne Johnson as Chief Operating Officer of ...U.S. Department of Education
To Understand Betsy DeVos's Educational Views, View Her EducationNew York Times
Max Eden | Manhattan InstituteManhattan Institute
The Federalist
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Healio

Retinal Ganglion Cell Loss in Children With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Without Diabetic Retinopathy
Healio
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) may lead to blindness resulting from not only vitreous hemorrhage and tractional retinal detachment, but also from macular disease that decreases central visual acuity. Current methods of DR evaluation involve indirect ...


Retinal Surgery Devices Market expected to reach USD 3.06 billion by 2025
PR Newswire (press release)
The unprecedented growth is presumed to be a consequence of growing prevalence of retinal eye disorders such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, amblyopia, and others. Rising patient preference for minimally invasive surgeries is believed to ...


Dove Medical Press

Ophthalmological findings in Cameroonian boxers
Dove Medical Press
Sight-threatening eye lesions accounted for 33.34% of injuries and included cataracts (12.12%), lens dislocation (3.03%), pseudoexfoliation syndrome (3.03%), unilateral glaucoma (3.03%), retinal detachment (3.03%), vitreous opacity (6.06%), and lattice ...


BLOG: Do you really expect me to open the posterior capsule?
Healio (blog)
Will all of us consistently be able to maintain the anterior hyaloid face, avoiding increased risk of retinal detachment, cystoid macular edema and possibly glaucoma? In a world of continuous data collection on surgeons and outcomes, will we be “dinged ...


Healio

Regular Versus Releasable Sutures in Surgery for Primary Congenital Glaucoma
Healio
Complications noted included one eye developing a cataract and another eye developing a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in the regular suture group, and one eye developing a cataract and another eye developing a superior subluxation of the lens in ...


Outlook India

Getting A Grip On Diabetes - Outlook India
Outlook India
In two decades, India will be home to 120 million diabetics. There are ways, though, to survive the looming 'epidemic'. Here's what you can do.

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ModernMedicine

Intracanalicular insert soothes ocular itching in allergic conjunctivitis
ModernMedicine
Patients were excluded if they had undergone a refractive surgery, including LASIK, or had a history of retinal detachment or diabetic retinopathy, active ocular infections, herpes simplex keratitis, glaucoma, ocular hypertension, or spikes in their ...


PCO treatment would disrupt cataract surgery
Healio
Outcomes were good, but studies by us and others showed a higher incidence of cystoid macular edema and retinal detachment with primary capsulotomy vs. leaving an intact capsule at the end of cataract surgery. So, we stopped doing primary capsulotomy.

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Three-year study says new contact lens therapy slows myopia progression in children by 59 percent
EurekAlert (press release)
... leading voice on myopia management. "Not only does it create blurred vision, but also increases the likelihood of conditions later in life such as glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy if not addressed. "Early intervention ...

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The Express Tribune

10 things your eyes can tell you about your health
The Express Tribune
Eyes aren't just the window to your soul — they also offer a glimpse into your health. Changes in your eyes can signal vision problems, diabetes, stress or even retinal detachment. What's more, most of these you can actually see for yourself ...


Diabetic Retinopathy Market Research Report Forecast to 2025
Medgadget (blog)
If left untreated, it may lead to retinal detachment and blindness. Non Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NDPR) and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR) are the two stages of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated through ...


Albany Times Union

Freihofer's runner helps us see disabilities in a new light
Albany Times Union
But everything changed in January of 2015, when one evening she suddenly began seeing what looked like a wisp of hair moving through her field of vision. Within days, she was facing surgery for a retinal detachment and asking doctors how this might ...

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KSDK

2-year-old 'SuperKev' shines amid rare syndrome
KSDK
The retina in his left eye could not be saved, leaving doctors to later treat him with complete Retinal Detachment. With that move, Kevin was now completely blind in his left eye. Kevin began to show signs of steady, yet shaky improvements in the weeks ...

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Women's Health

5 Unexpected Things That Can Make You Go Blind
Women's Health
And while some causes for vision loss aren't preventable—as is the case with retinal detachment, when the light-sensitive tissue that communicates with the optic nerve in your brain detaches from its usual position without any clear provocation—other ...


Vitreous Tamponades Market Research Report | Forecast up to 2020
Medgadget (blog)
In case of trauma or upon aging, the vitreous humor disintegrates and in the process ends up tearing or detachment of highly fragile retina. Thus, these retinal detachment and vitreoretinal disorders often require an ophthalmic surgical procedure known ...


Xinhua

Pic story: Visual impaired child "opens bright door" with efforts
Xinhua
Huang lost sight at the age of 6 due to retinal detachment. However, he did not lose his confidence in pursuing bright life. He loves reading, making handicrafts and playing Chinese chess. Besides, he is interested in playing musical instruments like ...


News-Medical.net

Complications of Epidermal Nevi
News-Medical.net
Colobomas, corneal opacities, and strabismus, as well as optic neuropathy and retinal detachment or retinal scarring are among the ocular manifestations of this condition, as is the epibulbar lipodermoid. The latter is a fatty tumor, occurring on the ...

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Medscape

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Not Linked to Retinal Detachment
Medscape
No firm evidence suggests that fluoroquinolone antibiotics may lead to detachment of the retina, or aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As reported by Medscape Medical News, a report in JAMA in ...

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dailytelegraph.com.au

Blind adventurer Nick Gleeson releases memoir: The Many Ways of Seeing
dailytelegraph.com.au
When Gleeson was seven, an electronic door of a supermarket hit him on the head, causing a retinal detachment in both of his eyes. In his words, the shift meant he had to find “different ways to do things, a different strategy.” He played AFL with the ...


Krishna Kishor, MD Elected Florida Society of Ophthalmology President
Markets Insider
Nezgoda is a fellowship trained retina specialist at the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute, Inc., in West Palm Beach. His area of focus is on the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, inflammatory eye disease ...


Medgadget (blog)

Uveal Melanoma Market: Emergence of Advanced Technologies and Global Industry Analysis 2024
Medgadget (blog)
On enlargement of tumor with time, certain changes may be observed such as distortion of pupil, decreased visibility due to secondary retinal detachment and blurred vision. Risk factors for this kind of cancer include fair complexion, blue, and green ...


Runner's World

Can Running Cause Retinal Detachment—or Make It Worse?
Runner's World
Eros Munoz asks: What is the real danger of running and retinal detachment? Here's my story: My retina detached last year, and instead of gas, my doctor filled my eye with silicon gel so I could fly back home. I kept the gel for almost a year until ...

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