Know the Risk Factors for Retinal Detachment

The retina serves as the crucial translator for your sight. It converts light from the outside world into nerve signals in the brain. Unless this transformation happens, the light focused on the eyes would be useless for navigating our environment.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position — a serious condition that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Chevy Chase our team of skilled professionals is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachment.

Sometimes, small areas of the retina are torn. Called retinal tears or retinal breaks, they can ultimately lead to retinal detachment. Knowing the symptoms can be a warning of this occurrence, and 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?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but commonly 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

Small holes and tears of retinal detachment are treated with laser surgery or a freeze treatment called cryopexy, both of which can be performed in the doctor’s office. It is crucial to heed these warning signs, for delaying treatment can cause permanent blindness in the affected eye, when the retina cannot be re-attached.

Your healthy vision is our top priority

Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If you are experiencing symptoms, see an eye care professional 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 – Maryland – Chevy Chase, 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.

Children’s Ophthalmology Potomac

Juvenile Retinal Detachment in Potomac

Children's ophthalmology Potomac

Children’s ophthalmology Potomac

Juvenile retinal detachment can happen when children are young and the retinal layers become separated. It is often a result of juvenile retinoschisis, is a condition that causes impaired vision. Juvenile retinoschisis starts in childhood and happens mostly to males. Because it causes damage to the retina, it affects visual acuity and can cause problems with reading, driving and seeing details. At The Retina Group of Washington, our children’s ophthalmology Potomac office helps to diagnose and treat this debilitating condition. Our offices are equipped with the latest in retinal equipment and testing facilities.

Juvenile retinoschisis is usually diagnosed at the beginning of a school year, when the child begins to have problems seeing and reading. Eye squinting may be common and visual acuity begins to decline. Retinal detachment can happen to adults as well, and requires immediate medical assistance if it is diagnosed. A procedure through ophthalmoscopy is used to diagnose the tear. Bleeding may be present if retinal detachment is occurring. Our children’s ophthalmology Potomac may look for warning signs such as reduction of vision, floaters, or light flashes. The condition should be treated because the longer it goes undiagnosed or treated, the more the chances are that vision can be lost. Retinal detachment is considered an emergency.

Family history, diabetic disease and surgeries for cataracts can put people at risk for retinal detachment. Many different problems can happen as a result of retinal detachment, and routine vision tests may not detect it, either. The condition may happen in either children or adults, and may be signaled beforehand with certain warning signs. If you are seeing floaters or have loss of vision, visit our offices immediately. Our children’s ophthalmology Potomac also treats other retinal conditions and our staff of knowledgeable doctors train with the best, using the most advanced technologies and treatments.

The Retina Group of Washington
5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 650
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 656-8100