Retinal Detachment Questions

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What is retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment occurs when your retina is lifted or pulled from its natural position. There are three types of retinal detachment:

  • Rhegmatogenous – The most common type of retinal detachment, rhegmatogenous detachment occurs when fluid gets into the retina through a tear or break and separates it from the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), the pigmented cell layer that provides its nourishment
  • Tractional – With tractional detachment, scar tissue on the retina's surface contracts, causing it to separate from the RPE. This type of detachment may be a result of diabetic retinopathy.
  • Exudative – Trauma to the eye or retinal disease can lead to exudative detachments. As with rhegmatogenous detachment, fluid leaking into the area underneath the retina causes a separation from the RPE. However, with exudative detachment there are no tears or breaks in the retina

What are the risk factors for retinal detachment?

Risk factors for retinal detachment include:

  • A family history of retinal detachment
  • Retinal detachment in the other eye
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Eye diseases including retinopathy, retinoschisis, or uveitis
  • Cataract surgery
  • Nearsightedness

Retinal detachment is more common in white males over the age of 40, but sex, race, and age are not always factors.

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Symptoms of retinal detachment may include:

  • A sudden onset of several floaters
  • Flashers
  • Blurred vision
  • Partial vision loss
  • The appearance of dark spots in your field of vision

We focus our practice on the detection and treatment of retinal disorders. If you experience any of these issues, call us at call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755 right away.

How is retinal detachment treated?

At California Retina Associates, we provide retinal detachment treatments including photocoagulation, cryopexy, and pneumatic retinopexy. All of these treatments can be performed in our office, but the treatment best suited to meet your needs will depend on the type of retinal detachment you are facing.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of retinal detachment, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule an evaluation at either our San Diego or El Centro location.

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Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

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1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243

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La Mesa, CA 91942