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Vitreous and Retinal Detachment

Proudly Serving San Diego, Chula Vista, El Centro & Nearby Areas of California

At California Retina Associates, we focus our practice on the detection and treatment of conditions affecting the retina and vitreous. Our team of eye doctors utilizes state-of-the-art technology which, combined with our experience and specialization, allows us to provide the most effective vision saving treatments available today.

Vitreous Detachment

Most of the eye’s interior is filled with a gel-like substances called vitreous. Intertwined in the vitreous are millions of fine fibers that attach to the surface of the retina. The vitreous shrinks as you age, slowly pulling these fibers away from the retinal surface. Vitreous detachment occurs when the fibers break, separating the vitreous from the retina.

Vitreous detachment is more common in people over 50. While not always a vision threatening disorder, it can lead to a macular hole or retinal detachment, which may necessitate treatment to prevent a loss of vision.

During your regularly scheduled exams our doctors will examine your eyes for early signs and symptoms of vitreous detachment. During these visits we will be happy to answer any questions you have about this common disorder and to discuss virtuous detachment treatments when appropriate.

Retinal Detachment

The retina is the structure at the back of the eye responsible for changing light images into electrical impulses that are then transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve. The retina is composed of special cells called photoreceptors, which take light energy and change it into the electrochemical energy used by nerve cells to carry information.

When the retina detaches, it is pulled or lifted from its natural position. Without prompt retinal detachment treatment, this condition can quickly lead to a complete loss of vision.

Retinal detachment is more common in people over the age of 40. Risk factors for this condition include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Nearsightedness
  • Family history of the disorder
  • Eye diseases
  • Trauma to the eye

Retinal detachment may also be a risk factor with cataract surgery.

Our eye doctors carefully examine the retina during your regularly scheduled visits. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of retinal detachment, we will be happy to discuss your treatment options.

If you live in or around San Diego or El Centro and are experiencing vision difficulties or simply need to schedule a routine eye exam, please call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755, or contact California Retina Associates to schedule an evaluation today.

California Retina Associates


Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-425-7755

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-7755