Experiencing retinal detachment can be a little…jarring, to say the least. If you, or someone you know has experienced this, you (or they) will need to act quickly to avoid permanent damage. One of the most prominent treatments for retinal detachment laser therapy—the kind provided by the Retina Consultants of Long Island. Consult our Baldwin ophthalmologist as soon as possible to see about getting this procedure.
First and foremost, you might not even necessarily be familiar with the concept of retinal detachment. You might’ve heard it off-hand in some conversation eons ago, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. In a nutshell, this occurs when the retina (the sensitive tissue layer located within the eye) is pulled or lifted from its regular position. Sometimes only portions of the retina are torn (also known as a retinal break or tear), but eventually it can still lead to detachment. How does laser therapy come in? Ah, now that’s the amazing part. In a nutshell, laser therapy is performed in order to treat a myriad of retinal disorders (age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and ocular histoplasmosis). Laser light is used to precisely focus onto the retina, treating the area while leaving surrounding tissues remained unharmed and untouched. All of the absorbed energy creates a miniscule spot that destroys lesions or joins tissues together. Don’t you worry—laser surgery isn’t a painful experience. If anything, it’s known to be surprisingly painless. Ultimately, this procedure does wonders for preserving vision or preventing vision loss if performed in a timely fashion.
You don’t really don’t want to gamble on your vision, especially after suffering from a retinal detachment. Time is literally of the essence. Speak to our Baldwin Ophthalmologist at the Retina Consultants. A small step toward a brand new horizon. Don’t wait any longer and make the change today.
Oceanside Retina Specialist
Your retina is the clear tissue in the back of your eye that helps you to see the images that are focused on it by your cornea and lens. The most common type of retinal detachments are frequently due to a hole or tear in your retina. When eye fluids leak through this opening, it causes your retina to separate from your underlying tissues. When your retina becomes detached, bleeding from area blood vessels can cloud the inside of your eye, which is normally filled with vitreous fluid. Your central vision will become seriously affected if your macula, the part of the retina responsible for fine vision, becomes detached. Often caused by a condition called posterior vitreous detachment, retinal detachments may also be caused by trauma and very bad nearsightedness. At your initial consultation with our Oceanside retina specialist, at Retina Consultants of Long Island, you will be asked if there has been any family history of retinal detachment, as this may also increase your risk.
Some symptoms of retinal detachment are bright flashes of light, blurred vision, floaters in your eye, and shadow or blindness in a part of the visual field in one of your eyes. Our Oceanside retina specialist will perform various tests to check your retina and pupil response as well as your ability to see colors correctly. Most of our patients with a detachment will need retina surgery, and that surgery can be done right away. Retina surgery may not be needed if you don’t have any of the symptoms, or if you’ve had the detachment for a while. Our Oceanside retina specialist can perform certain retina surgeries right in our office and special lasers can also be used to seal tears or holes in your retina before a retinal detachment occurs.
More severe detachments or conditions may require surgery in a hospital operating room and those procedures include scleral buckle to gently push your eye wall up against the retina and vitrectomy, to remove gel or scar tissue pulling on your retina. Our Oceanside retina specialist performs this surgery for the largest tears and detachments. How well you do after a retinal detachment depends on the location and extent of the detachment and how early we can begin treatment. If your macula was not damaged, the outlook with retina surgery can be excellent.