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.

What Is Vitreous Detachment?

Most of the eye’s interior is filled with a gel-like substance 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.

Symptoms of Vitreous Detachment

Vitreous detachment can cause symptoms such as the appearance of floaters or flashes of light, as well as a grayish curtain appearing at the edges of the visual field.

Vitreous Detachment Treatment

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 vitreous detachment treatments when appropriate. If the vitreous detachment has torn a hole in the retina, our doctors can use a laser to seal it.

Vitreous Detachment Questions

We can answer questions about vitreous detachment during a one-on-one consultation.

What Is 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.

Retinal detachment is when the retina is pulled or lifted from its natural position.

Retinal Detachment Symptoms

Retinal detachment can cause the sudden appearance of floaters, flashing lights or a shadow or curtain passing through the peripheral vision. Sometimes, there are no symptoms of retinal detachment.

Retinal Detachment Treatment

Our eye doctors will check your retina during your regularly scheduled visits. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of retinal detachment, we will carefully examine the retina and perform testing to confirm a diagnosis. We may take special scans or images of the retina to determine whether there is a problem. If retinal detachment is confirmed, we will be happy to discuss treatment options.

Without prompt retinal detachment treatment to reattach the retina to the back of the eye and seal any tears or holes, this condition can quickly lead to a complete loss of vision.

Retinal Detachment Risk Factors

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

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

Retinal Detachment Questions

We can answer questions about retinal detachment during a one-on-one consultation.

San Diego Vitreous and Retinal Detachment Care

If you live in or around San Diego 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.