Retinal Detachment

Florence retina doctors:
John A. Wells III, MD
W. Lloyd Clark, MD
John F. Payne, MD
Joshua Robinson, MD

 

The light-sensitive nerve tissue located at the back of your eye is called the retina. A healthy retina will allow for images to be focused, converted to electrical impulses and delivered to the brain through the optic nerve.

Peripheral Retina

The peripheral retina, which makes up more than 95% of the entire retina, is responsible for peripheral vision. It can see shapes and colors but does not see well enough to read. It is important in depth perception and movement of objects toward central vision.

Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is typically caused by a break in the peripheral retina. The retina peels away from its underlying support tissue. While the initial detachment may be localized, the entire retina may detach. This is a medical emergency that could lead to vision loss and blindness.

Causes of retinal detachment can include:

  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Eye trauma
  • Other conditions

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

  • Presence of floaters across vision
  • Flashes of light, like lightning in your vision
  • Veil or curtain across vision

Treatment for Retinal Detachment in Florence

There are several surgical methods used to repair a retinal detachment:

  • Vitrectomy: removing some of the vitreous gel inside the eye and adding gas, air or other liquids back into the space to promote reattachment
  • Pneumatic retinopexy: injecting air into the vitreous gel inside the eye to seal any retinal tears and promote reattachment
  • Scleral buckling: inserting a piece of silicone into the white of the eye to relieve pressure caused by the vitreous gel pulling on the retina

Your doctor will determine the extent of retinal detachment and recommend the best course of action for your vision.

It is important to have a dilated eye examination immediately if you experience any of the symptoms of retinal detachment. Contact our retina specialists in Florence at 843.664.9393 and Sumter 803.775.1772 at  today.

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