Retinal detachment occurs when the retina detaches from the inner eye wall which contains blood vessels that nourish it. This can result in symptoms including a sudden onset of floaters and flashes or a shadowy curtain that grows in the visual field as detachment progresses. If left undetected and untreated, retinal detachment can cause blindness.

Knowing your risk of retinal detachment and the common symptoms is crucial. If you develop any of the warning signs of the condition, you should get in touch with one of our San Diego retina specialists as soon as possible to help prevent a complete loss of vision.

To contact California Retina Associates, please send us an email or call our San Diego retinal detachment doctors at the location closest to you. You can reach us by calling (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755.

Risk Factors for Retinal Detachment

Risk factors for retinal detachment include the following:

  • Being over 40
  • Having a family history of retinal detachment
  • Extreme myopia (a.k.a., nearsightedness)
  • Previous eye surgery, injury or trauma
  • Existing eye diseases and disorders such as lattice degeneration
  • Previous cataract, glaucoma or other eye surgery

If you have any of these risk factors it is important to increase the frequency of your eye exams with your ophthalmologist. It’s also recommended that you wear protective eyewear while playing contact or collision sports to avoid an eye injury.

Treating Retinal Detachment

When detected early on, retinal detachment can be treated before serious vision problems occur. Retinal detachment treatments are designed to secure the retina to the eye wall. Our San Diego retina specialists offer the following treatments:

  • Vitrectomy – The procedure removes the vitreous gel that pulls on the retina and replaces it with a gas or oil bubble to keep the retina in the proper place. Eventually, the gas bubble is replaced with the body’s own fluids; an oil bubble must be removed with another surgical procedure.
  • Scleral buckling – The retina specialist places a flexible band known as a scleral buckle around the eye and drains the fluid under the detached retina to coax the retina back into its normal position against the back wall of the eye.
  • Pneumatic retinopexy – A gas bubble is placed in the vitreous space of the eye to press the retina back against the wall of the eye. The procedure may be performed in conjunction with laser surgery or cryotherapy.

Which of these options is best for your needs is entirely dependent on factors unique to your condition. Our retina doctors will discuss all of your options during your treatment evaluation to help you determine which solution will best meet your needs.

Contact Our San Diego Retinal Detachment Specialists

The eye surgeons at California Retina Associates take every care to ensure each patient is provided with the most advanced treatments for safe and reliable results. If you have noticed a sudden change in vision, please contact our San Diego retina specialists to schedule an appointment. We maintain offices throughout San Diego to better serve those living throughout our region.