Retinal Tears and Retinal Detachment
What is Retinal Tears and Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachments are very serious conditions that require urgent intervention to rescue and preserve vision. This occurs when a hole or tear develops in the retina, allowing fluid to accumulate in the space under the retina.
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Symptoms that you may present include floaters, flashes of light, or a shadow in part of your vision.
Treatment for Age Related Macular Degeneration
If picked up early when it is a retinal tear before becoming a detachment, this can be treated with laser.
If it has developed into a retinal detachment, then there are 2 main ways to fix this. The first way is with a surgery called a vitrectomy, where the vitreous gel is removed from the eye and the responsible tears are identified. The retina is then pushed back in place with a gas bubble and the tears sealed with laser. The second method is with an external approach from the outside of the eye, whereby using a silicone band, the wall of the eye is pushed inwards to reattach against the retina. In this method, the breaks are usually sealed with freezing known as cryotherapy.