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. Retinal detachment occurs when the retina is separated from the wall of the eye and the supporting underlying tissue. When retinal detachment happens, the retina can no longer perform its primary function and, if the condition is left untreated, an irreversible loss of vision can result.

Symptoms of retinal detachment may include floaters and flashers, blurred vision, shadows in the peripheral vision, and a sudden loss of eyesight. If you experience any of these symptoms please call (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to speak to the retina care experts at California Retina Associates as soon as possible. Many of the symptoms of retinal detachment constitute a medical emergency and will require prompt treatment to help guard against a complete loss of vision.

Treating Retinal Detachment

The experienced eye doctors at California Retina Associates use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to detect retinal detachment. If you are suffering from this disorder, we will begin planning the treatment option most suited to meet your needs. Early detection is key. If we detect a possible detachment before it occurs, we can often use a laser to seal retinal tears or holes and prevent future issues.

In many cases, retinal detachment can be repaired, ensuring no long-term interruption of vision. However, if issues such as macula damage have occurred due to the detachment, complete vision may be impossible to restore. This will be discussed with you prior to beginning any treatment.

Treatment options for retinal detachment include the following:

Pneumatic Retinopexy

Pneumatic retinopexy involves injecting a gas bubble into the eye to seal off a retinal tear and prevent more fluid from getting under the retina. A laser may also be used to create a scar that seals the retina back in its proper location.

Scleral Buckle

Formerly the main treatment for retinal detachment, the scleral buckle procedure involves the placement of a small device to help hold the retina in its place against the wall of the eye. A freezing probe may also be used to seal the retina back together.


In cases of complicated retinal tears, a surgical procedure called vitrectomy may be needed. The surgery involves removing the vitreous gel that fills the eye cavity, including any scar tissue causing the retinal detachment. Then, saline, silicone oil or a gas bubble may be injected into the vitreous to keep the retina in its proper position.

Most of these procedures do not require an overnight stay in the hospital but may necessitate some restrictions on activities for a short period of time. Our experienced eye doctors will work closely with you before, during and after your treatment to help ensure your absolute comfort and safety.

Learn More about San Diego Retinal Detachment Treatment

If you are suffering any of the symptoms of retinal detachment and are in the San Diego area, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule a comprehensive eye examination today.