Blurred Vision & Retinal Tears

Blurred Vision & Retinal Tears
Posted on 10/01/2020
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The retina is located in the back of the eye near the optic nerve. Its purpose is to detect light and then send pictures to the brain of what the eye is seeing. If there is a tear in the retina, fluid, and blood collect in the eye, which can cause blurred vision and eye floaters. A retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment, which can result in vision loss and permanent blindness.

The experts at Brass Eye Center, a leading Albany eye doctor practice, provide this overview of retinal tears, symptoms, and treatments.

Retinal Tear Symptoms

Typically, a retinal tear occurs when the vitreous gel inside the eye contracts and tears the retina away from the eyewall. This gel is what helps the retina hold its place against the interior wall of the eyeball. The vitreous gel contraction can occur slowly over time or suddenly after experiencing trauma to the eye.

The most common symptoms of a retinal tear include flashes of light in the eye and visible spots called floaters. Other symptoms may include:

  • A sudden increase in size and number of floaters
  • Light flashes that suddenly appear
  • A shadow in your peripheral (side) vision
  • Seeing a gray type of curtain that slowly moves across your field of vision
  • A sudden decrease in vision, including trouble focusing and blurred vision
  • Headaches

Retinal tears can quickly progress to retinal detachment, so seeing your Clifton Park eye doctor is essential.

Diagnosis of Retinal Tears

Your Latham eye doctor will conduct a thorough eye exam to identify a retinal tear, by using:

  • A binocular indirect ophthalmoscope for a three-dimensional view of the inside of your eye.
  • A slit lamp to magnify and illuminate the eye with a bright light to examine individual structures.
  • An ultrasound device that uses sound waves that bounce off the back of the eye, forming a picture that helps your doctor see if your retina is torn.

Torn Retina Treatments

If a retinal tear is treated early, it typically results in a good prognosis. The experts at the Brass Eye Center are experienced and highly qualified to treat retinal tears. The treatments are usually performed in the eye doctor's office, with little or no discomfort. They include:

  • Laser surgery (photocoagulation): A laser will be used to make small burns around the retinal tear. The scarring from the laser will seal the retina to the underlying tissue.
  • Freezing treatment (cryopexy): A special freezing probe will freeze the retina surrounding the retinal tear, which will also result in a scar that helps secure the retina to the eyewall.

Make an Appointment with Brass Eye Center Today!

We hope this information will help you understand more about the symptoms and treatments for retinal tears. If you are experiencing any retinal tear symptoms, please contact us to make an appointment with one of our expert eye doctors. We want to help you take care of one of your most treasured gifts — your eyesight!