Question: Can An Optometrist Diagnose A Retinal Tear?

During this time, if the vitreous has tight adhesions to the retina, the retina can tear while the vitreous is detaching.

It is critical to see your eye doctor to check for retinal tears because most develop during this 2-week period.

Can an optometrist diagnose retinal detachment?

Your doctor may use the following tests, instruments and procedures to diagnose retinal detachment: Retinal examination. The doctor may use an instrument with a bright light and special lenses to examine the back of your eye, including the retina.

How do you know if you have a retinal tear?

But warning signs almost always appear before it occurs or has advanced, such as: The sudden appearance of many floaters — tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision. Flashes of light in one or both eyes (photopsia) Blurred vision.

Who can diagnose retinal detachment?

Diagnostic Tests

Your doctor may also use an ophthalmoscope, an instrument with a bright light and special magnifying lenses, to examine your retina for any holes or tears. If your doctor finds a retinal tear, you are at an increased risk of developing retinal detachment.

How common is retinal tear?

Causes and Risk Factors

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women, and Whites more than African Americans. A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who: Are extremely nearsighted.