Detached Retina Symptoms Require Quick Treatment

Detached Retina.jpgHas your vision specialist mentioned retinal detachment and you are not sure what it is?  Retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue.

Initial detachment may be localized or broad, but without rapid treatment the entire retina may detach, leading to vision loss and blindness. It is almost always classified as a medical emergency. Permanent damage may occur if the detachment is not repaired within 24–72 hours.

Detached retina symptoms can sometimes be very subtle or pronounced.  They can include:

  • Bright flashes of light, especially in peripheral vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Floaters in one eye – floaters are small bits of debris in your field of vision that look like spots, hairs or strings and seem to float before your eyes
  • A shadow or blindness in a part of the visual field of one eye, almost like a curtain is covering an area in your field of vision.

Because retinal detachment is an emergency situation in which you can permanently lose your vision, you should always seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of its symptoms. If you become aware that you are experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect that you or a family member may be experience retinal detachment, please contact Associated Retina Consultants in Phoenix right away at 602-242-4928 or associatedretinaconsultants.com.  

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