A retinal tear is a lesion in the retina, the thin tissue in your inner eye that captures light and allows you to see. When this tissue tears, the retina may eventually detach, putting you at risk for severe vision loss.
Though some retinal tears happen out of nowhere, they usually begin with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), which is common with age and usually occurs without issue. Unfortunately, some patients naturally have a thicker, stickier vitreous fluid in their eyes, which pulls on the retina as it separates during PVD. This can lead to retinal tears.
If you’ve suddenly begun to see black spots (floaters) or random flashes of light in one of your eyes, this may be a sign of a retinal tear. If you have a tear that has begun to hemorrhage (bleed) or progress into retinal detachment, you may also experience blurry vision or darkness in your peripheral vision.
While it is impossible to precisely predict whether or not you will someday experience a retinal tear, there are a few common risk factors we see at Infinity Retina. You may be exceptionally at risk if you:
As is the case with most eye conditions, early detection is the key to a good prognosis for your recovery from a retinal tear. In fact, some retinal tears are so minor that they do not require treatment at all, and instead can be monitored to make sure they do not progress. If you do have an acute retinal tear, Dr. Parvus will generally suggest a safe, in-office laser treatment to repair your retina. This treatment will be performed with a local or topical anaesthetic, and you should feel only minor discomfort during the procedure.
If you’re wondering what to expect after laser surgery for a retinal tear, it’s important to note that even an eye that has been treated runs the risk of developing tears again. With this in mind, Dr. Parvus will continue to monitor your eyes during your retinal tear laser recovery, being particularly vigilant for floaters after retinal tear laser surgery.
If you begin to see black spots, or floaters, you may be living with a retinal tear. These tears are highly treatable, but it’s important to act fast to avoid them progressing into something more serious.
At Infinity Retina, Dr. Britt J. Parvus has the specialized experience to accurately diagnose, treat and monitor retinal tears. Using her personalized approach, Dr. Parvus will work directly with you to develop a treatment plan in which you are comfortable and confident.
Living with a retinal tear? Don’t wait -- schedule your appointment with Dr. Parvus today.