Do you see the light? You can thank your eyes’ retina for it. The retina is responsible for converting light from the outside world allowing us to see the world around us. Should the retina be lifted or pulled from its normal position, a retinal detachment will occur that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment.
In some cases there may only be small areas of the retina that are torn – a precursor of possible retinal detachment. Symptoms include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters (little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision), light flashes in the eye, and a darkening of peripheral vision.
Are you at risk?
Although retinal detachment can occur at any age, it is more common in people over age 40, affecting more men than women. The condition is more likely to occur in people who:
• are extremely nearsighted
• have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
• have a family history of retinal detachment
• have had cataract surgery
• have other eye diseases or disorders
• have had eye injury
The good news is that various techniques are available to treat retinal tears and detachments ranging from laser therapy, freezing, or surgery. Depending on your particular case, we will recommend the best treatment option for you.
Optimal vision is our top priority
If you are experiencing symptoms, contact us immediately. Regular eye exams can also flag early changes in your eyes that can prevent future problems. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Virginia – Alexandria, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.