For many of us, vision is something we take for granted. We wake up each day and go about our lives without second-guessing the amazing gift of sight. But what happens when that gift is taken away? When retina detachments occur, it can be a very scary and overwhelming experience.
Most people don’t know that retina surgery exists, but it’s a fairly standard procedure. In fact, here at New Vision Eye Center in Vero Beach, we frequently see patients with retina detachments. And while it may seem daunting at first, the good news is that detached retina surgery usually successfully restores vision.
Causes and Symptoms of Retina Detachments
Retina detachments happen when the retina—the thin layer of tissue at the back of your eye that functions like the film in a camera—becomes separated from its underlying supportive structures. This can happen for many reasons, but the most common cause is trauma to the eye or head. Other causes include advanced age, diabetes, and medical conditions like high myopia (nearsightedness).
The symptoms of a detached retina are usually spot-on. You may notice a sudden or gradual onset of floaters or flashes of light or lose your peripheral vision entirely. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately because retina detachment surgery needs to be performed.
Types of Retina Surgery
Three main types of surgery used to treat detached retinas are scleral buckle surgery, vitrectomy surgery, and pneumatic retinopexy. Scleral buckle surgery is the most common type for uncomplicated detachments, while vitrectomy surgery is typically used for more complex detachments. Pneumatic retinopexy is sometimes used for small tears or partial detachments and can be done in an outpatient setting without anesthesia.
We understand how scary it can be when you suddenly lose your vision. But we want you to know that there is hope, and we are here to help you through every step of the process.
If you think you may have a detached retina, don’t hesitate to contact us online at NewVisionEyeCenter.com or call 772.257.8700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Reinauer at New Vision Eye Center in Vero Beach, FL.