Retinal tears can happen to anyone and as a result of injury or certain eye conditions. At the Retina Group of Washington, we perform Potomac retina surgery for patients who have experienced retinal tears in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. For more information, call us today. We specialize in retinal detachments, retinal diseases and more.
Retinal tears are the result of vitreous in our eyes pulling away from the retina. The vitreous is a clear gel that is attached to the retina and can pull on and shrink away from the retina as we age. If the retina tears, fluid can pass through it and lift the retina off the back of the eye, which is termed a retinal detachment. If this happens, vision will blur and patients may have a hard time seeing. Retinal detachment can be fixed with detached retina surgery. If it is not treated, it will most likely cause blindness. The vitreous fluid in an eye usually shrinks as we age but doesn’t cause damage to the retina. Inflammation and nearsightedness can cause vitreous shrinking or pulling away. Potomac retina surgery is usually done in order to fix these types of retinal problems.
Those with nearsightedness, severe injury or previous retinal detachments are more at risk for retinal tears. Also, having glaucoma or cataract surgery can put one at risk for retinal tears. Certain glaucoma medications can also cause one to be at risk for a retinal tear. A family history of retinal detachment is also a risk as are those who have weak areas in their retinas. At our Potomac retina surgery office, we can diagnose and treat these and other retinal issues. Ask us about our other eye services and surgical procedures and how we can help you have happier and healthier eyes today.