What is retinal detachment and who is at risk?

istock 1135515435 1 There are many conditions that can develop in the eyes that can not only be problematic for patients, but may have a severe impact on their eye health and vision. One condition that needs to be properly evaluated as soon as symptom appear includes retinal detachment.

Understanding retinal detachment

The doctors at North Suburban Eye Associates, PC describe retinal detachment as a serious condition that can occur within the retina of the eye separated from the retinal pigment epithelium. This causes the eye to shift from its normal position.

What types of retinal detachment can occur?

Doctors have separated the forms of retinal detachment into three different types, including:

  • Rhegmatogenous
  • Tractional
  • Exudative

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

There are many symptoms that can occur that might warrant a visit to the ophthalmologist for an evaluation to determine if retinal detachment is occurring. Some common symptoms may include:

  • Floaters in the line of vision
  • Flashing lights
  • Gray or black darkness moving across the field of vision

The symptoms above may also be a sign of other vision issues, so it is important for patients to book an appointment with their eye doctor to determine what is occurring and find effective treatment when able. Patients should be open and honest with their eye doctor regarding the symptoms they are experiencing and their medical history to get a definitive and accurate diagnosis.

Who is at risk of retinal detachment?

There are certain factors that may make a patient more at risk of developing this condition. This includes patients:

  • With nearsightedness
  • Previous cataract surgeries
  • Severe trauma or injury to the eye
  • Glaucoma
  • Family history of retinal detachment
  • Weak areas in the retina
  • Previous retinal detachment in the opposite eye

For more information regarding retinal detachment, contact our office

An appointment can be made at North Suburban Eye Associates, PC for patients who are concerned about this condition and would like a thorough evaluation. With four convenient locations, patients in and around the areas of Wakefield, Winchester, and Waltham,  MA can find an office that is close to them! Call the main line at (781) 245-5200 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team.

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