Are You At Risk for Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachment occurs when the layer of tissue that sends visual messages through the optic nerve comes loose from its normal position, and can lead to complete vision loss if not treated promptly. Symptoms of retinal detachment include:
- A sudden or gradual increase in “floaters,” those small specks that periodically cross your field of vision
- Flashing lights when you move your eyes
- A dark curtain over your field of vision
If you experience either of these symptoms, seek medical help from our San Diego retina specialists immediately. It’s vital to treat retinal detachment as soon as possible for the best chance of restoring your vision.
Risk Factors of Retinal Detachment
Retinal detachment is more common in people aged 40 and over, although it can occur at any age. Some of the main risk factors include:
- Diabetic retinopathy: This condition occurs when blood vessels in the eye are damaged by excessive blood sugar. These damaged blood vessels can create scar tissue which can pull the retina loose from the eye.
- Severe myopia: If you are severely nearsighted, your chances of retinal detachment are around 4x higher than those with normal vision.
- Family history: If you have a history of retinal detachment in your family, you are more likely to experience it.
- Other eye disease: If you suffer from other types of eye disease, such as uveitis or lattice degeneration, you are at further risk for retinal detachment.
- Eye injury or surgery: If you suffer an eye injury or need to undergo eye surgery, this increases your risk of retinal detachment.
If caught early enough, the retina can often be repaired and vision saved. This is why it’s so important to see a retina specialist immediately if you experience symptoms. In addition, regular eye exams (especially if you are over 40) are key to early detection of many eye conditions, including retinal detachment.
Schedule an Appointment with a Retina Specialist
If you are experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment in San Diego, don’t hesitate to contact California Retina Associates. The sooner you get diagnosed and treated, the better chance you have of keeping your vision.
Call our Chula Vista office at 619-425-7755 or our El Centro office at 760-352-7755 to make your appointment. We serve patients in San Diego, Chula Vista, El Centro, and nearby areas of Southern California.