Retinal detachment is a serious condition in which the retina starts to pull away from its regular position. If not treated soon enough, retinal detachment can result in loss of vision. Our expert ophthalmologist, Mr Felipe Dhawahir-Scala, discusses the most important facts about retinal detachment and the warning signs you should be aware of.
The retina is a very thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that contains light-sensitive cells. When light hits these cells, impulses pass along the optic nerve to the brain where an image is formed.
Retinal detachment is when this layer of tissue pulls away from its normal position, risking the complete loss of vision if treatment is not sought urgently.
These are the main warning signs to be aware of:
Retinal detachment occurs most commonly in people over the age of 50, therefore age is a major risk factor that increases one’s chances of retinal detachment, but it can happen at any age.
Additional risk factors include:
If retinal detachment is not treated quickly, it can cause blindness and it should be treated as a medical emergency. Treatment usually prevents blindness, however, if treatment is sought too late blindness can occur.
With surgery, retinal detachment can be repaired, but surgery will need to be carried out within hours or days of being diagnosed. The severity of the detachment will play a role in what type of procedure your doctor recommends. The aim of surgery is to re-attach the retina. Surgery is carried out usually using local anaesthetic.
Procedures used to treat retinal detachment:
Scleral Buckling and Cryotherapy:
Recovery from retinal detachment surgery can take between 2 and 6 weeks and it is normal to have blurry vision afterwards with mild discomfort.
Mr Dhawahir-Scala is an expert in treating retinal detachments with the latest available technology. Please contact Mr Dhawahir-Scala if you are experiencing a sudden onset of visual disturbance with floaters and flashing lights which are important warning signs compatible with retinal detachment.
Retinal detachment repair eye surgery by specialist eye surgeon Felipe Dhawahir-Scala