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Retinal Tears and Detachment
The retina is the lining of the inside
of the eye. It sends messages to the
brain so you can see.
When the retina pulls away from the
inside of the eye, tears, holes or
detachment can occur.
Signs of Retinal Tears and
Retinal tears or detachment is painless. Signs include:
Sudden increase in floating spots in your vision
Sudden flashes of light in one or both eyes
A shadow or curtain over part of your vision
Sudden blurry vision
Your Care
If you have any signs, see a doctor called an ophthalmologist right away.
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If not reattached quickly,
permanent vision loss can occur in the affected eye. Prompt medical care
and treatment can save your vision.
Your doctor will check your eye to find what is causing your signs. If a
retinal tear, hole or detachment is found, surgery is done. If a tear or hole
is treated before detachment occurs, you will likely retain most of your
Treatment for small holes or tears
Small holes or tears are treated with a laser beam or a freeze treatment
called cryopexy. These treatments are done in your doctor’s office.