Retinal Detachment, Retinal hole, Retinal Tear are eye emergencies are require immediate evaluation by Dr. Duplessie.
What are the symptoms of a Retinal Detachment, Retinal hole, Retinal Tear ?
The appearance of floaters can be very alarming. They are shadows from debris floating inside the vitreous.
2) Lightning Flashes:
Lightning flashes are from the vitreous tugging on the retina. The retina is stimulated by tension which results in light flashes. Flashes can be an indication of a retinal detachment
3) Decreased Vision:
Can occur secondary to bleeding inside the eye or retinal detachment. Early on, central vision may be normal but slowly some patients note a progressive “curtain, veil, or fog” which may obscure peripheral then central vision. If you are seeing an expanding veil/cloud in your eye you need to be seen immediately.
Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) a cause of Retinal Detachment, Retinal hole, Retinal Tear
Most people will have a posterior vitreous detachment. It commonly happens in healthy eyes.
Additional events, which may lead to a PVD include
1) a history of eye surgery,
4) injury to the eye, and
5) bleeding inside the eye.
Do all Posterior Vitreous Detachments lead to a retinal detachment ?
For the majority of those who have a PVD, there is no danger involved.
Up to 15% of those with a symptomatic PVD have an associated retinal tear.
Up to 50% of patients with one or more risk factors and a symptomatic PVD will develop a retinal tear.
A retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment.
The diagnosis of a retinal tear or detachment is only made with a dilated retinal examination.
Retinal Detachment, Retinal hole, Retinal Tear
A retina detachment is a surgical emergency in most cases.