Many cases of retinal detachment, which is a separation of the retina from the back wall of the eye, follow an initial vitreous detachment. The vitreous is the gel-like substance that fills the center of the eye and gives it its shape. The vitreous contains millions of fine fibers that are connected to the surface of the retina. With age, the vitreous shrinks and the fibers can pull on the retinal surface; if they break and allow the vitreous to separate from the retina, it is known as vitreous detachment. But sometimes the vitreous pulls so hard on the retina that it creates retinal tears or holes. If the vitreous fluid finds its way through the tear or hole or collects under the retina, it can lead to retinal detachment.

Because vitreous detachment can lead to retinal detachment, it’s important to know the primary symptoms of vitreous detachment, which include the following:

  • Floaters – clumps, dots, strings, or dark specks floating in your field of vision
  • Flashers – lights or sparks when you move your eyes or head

Both floaters and flashers can be indications of numerous eye diseases and disorders and do not always correlate with a retinal detachment diagnosis. However, if they become very severe or are accompanied by vision loss, it is important that you contact the experienced eye doctors at California Retina Associates and schedule a comprehensive eye examination.

Retinal Detachment Symptoms

While the symptoms of vitreous detachment may serve as an early warning sign of retinal detachment, a sudden onset of several floaters or a sudden increase in the size of the floaters are often clear indications that the retina has detached from the back wall of the eye.

In addition to an abrupt shower of floaters, symptoms of retinal detachment may include:

  • Sudden vision loss
  • A shadow in the periphery of your field of vision
  • A gray curtain that first appears in the periphery of your visual field and gradually affects more of your eye

Retinal detachment is considered a medical emergency and may require immediate retinal detachment treatment to help prevent a permanent loss of vision. If you experience these symptoms, please call (619) 425-7755 or (760) 352-7755 to speak to the eye care experts at California Retina Associates right away. You can also go to the nearest emergency room and seek assistance.

Why Choose California Retina Associates

As one of only a select number of practices focusing on retinal disorders, the eye doctors at California Retina Associates are uniquely equipped to detect and treat retinal detachment. Our doctors are nationally recognized for both their research and work in diseases and disorders affecting the retina and vitreous, and use state-of-the-art technology and surgical procedures to help ensure the best possible results for all of our patients.

Request an Appointment with Our Retinal Detachment Doctors

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of retinal detachment, please contact California Retina Associates to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations serving the entire San Diego area today.