How to Tell if You Need Retina Surgery
If the retina has detached, you will need surgery to repair it but first you will need an eye exam to diagnose a retinal detachment. Signs and symptoms of retinal detachment are very serious and require immediate emergency treatment so if you read through the list below and believe you are experiencing a retinal detachment, seek medical care right away.
The retina contains photoreceptor cells that detect light and converts the light into electrical signals by way of the optic nerve to the brain. The result is relaying from the eye to the brain the images you see before you. Although many different structures of the eye work together to bring clarity to vision, the retina is responsible for that visual picture. Common symptoms for retinal issues include changes in vision, blurred vision, loss of vision, an onset of eye floaters, flashes of light, trouble seeing at night, difficulty adjusting to changes in light, changes in color perception, reduced peripheral or central vision and a gray or dark curtain covering over the eye obstructing vision. Early effects of retinal damage may not present noticeable changes to vision right away. Retinal damage near the macula can produce distortion of images along with wavy lines or spots. These symptoms can be related to several retinal issues including retinal tear, retinal detachment, retinopathy, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, macular degeneration, retinitis, retinoblastoma, macular edema and retinal vein occlusion.
How to tell if you need retina surgery is up to your eye doctor. This will be determined by the extent and type of condition diagnosed after an eye exam. It is imperative to seek an ophthalmologist or retinal specialist to provide you with a treatment plan to restore or preserve vision. Treatments vary in complexity; sometimes a prescription of vitamins or medications can resolve the issue, other cases will require injections, laser treatments or surgery. Your eye specialist can evaluate your eyes and discuss with you the best course of action for your specific needs.
For your retinal assessment to determine surgery or other treatments, contact Associated Retina Consultants online at WEBSITE or by phone at 602-242-4928.