How Do You Check For 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.
  • Ultrasound imaging.

Can a regular eye exam detect retinal detachment?

These routine vision tests do not detect retinal detachment, but they can find problems that could lead to or result from retinal detachment. A doctor can usually see a retinal tear or detachment while examining the retina using ophthalmoscopy.

What is the most common cause of retinal detachment?

There are three main causes of retinal detachment, each with its own set of risk factors. The most common type is called a “rhegmatogenous” detachment, and is caused by a tear or hole in the retina. The retina is the thin, light-sensitive tissue that lines the back inside wall of the eye.

Can Urgent Care diagnose retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment requires urgent care. Without treatment, vision loss from retinal detachment can progress from minor to severe or even to blindness within a few hours or days. Retinal tears and holes, though, may not need treatment. If the retina has detached, you will need surgery to reattach it and restore vision.

How quickly does retinal detachment progress?

Most retinal detachments progress to total retinal detachments and complete loss of vision. If the retina is not re-attached promptly (usually less than a week after macular detachment), then visual recovery is progressively affected.

What are the warning signs of a detached retina?

But warning signs almost always appear before it occurs or has advanced, such as:

  1. The sudden appearance of many floaters — tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision.
  2. Flashes of light in one or both eyes (photopsia)
  3. Blurred vision.
  4. Gradually reduced side (peripheral) vision.

Do flashes always mean retinal detachment?

Occasional flashes of light are also common. Floaters and flashes are usually harmless, but occasionally, they indicate a retinal tear — or worse, a retinal detachment, which can lead to vision loss.

Can stress cause retinal detachment?

Stress, age, and medication may increase a persons risk. Stress is a likely cause of central serous retinopathy. Stress causes the body to produce a hormone called cortisol. This leakage may lead to fluid building up in the back of the eye.

Can a detached retina heal on its own?

Often they do not go away completely. Most people learn to ignore them. Floaters, like flashes, may get better on their own even if a retinal tear or detachment is present. If you have a retinal tear or detachment, your doctor will talk to you about the treatment (see section on Retinal Tears and Detachment).

Can high blood pressure cause retinal detachment?

In some cases, the retina becomes swollen. Over time, high blood pressure can cause damage to the retina’s blood vessels, limit the retina’s function, and put pressure on the optic nerve, causing vision problems. This condition is called hypertensive retinopathy (HR).

Can you go blind from a detached retina?

A detached retina occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position in the back of the eye. The retina sends visual images to the brain through the optic nerve. When detachment occurs, vision is blurred. A detached retina is a serious problem that can cause blindness unless it is treated.

Should I go to the ER for a detached retina?

If you, all of a sudden, lose your vision, you must get some emergency care as soon as you can. Finally, you need to get to the ER if you are suddenly seeing things floating before you or you are having flashing light symptoms. The floating light symptom could indicate retina problems and possible detachment.

Is there pain with retinal detachment?

There’s no pain associated with retinal detachment, but there are usually symptoms before your retina becomes detached. Primary symptoms include: blurred vision. partial vision loss, which makes it seem as if a curtain has been pulled across your field of vision, with a dark shadowing effect.

Can retinal detachment happen slowly?

Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is the most common type. It happens slowly over time. Most people with retinal tears don’t end up with a detachment. But if you notice new symptoms like floaters, spots, or flashes of light, it could be happening.

How quickly must a detached retina be treated?

Retinal detachments are treated with surgery that may require the patient to stay in the hospital. In some cases a scleral buckle, a tiny synthetic band, is attached to the outside of the eyeball to gently push the wall of the eye against the detached retina. If necessary, a vitrectomy may also be performed.

How long does it take for a detached retina to heal?

2 to 4 weeks