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Retinal Tear / Detachment

Torn & Detached Retina Symptoms, Treatment, & Surgery

A Retinal Tear or Retinal Detachment Is a Serious Problem

A torn or detached retina requires immediate medical attention. In many cases, patients with this condition have suffered a blow to the eye or have another contributing medical condition, such as diabetes. Regardless of the cause, you should seek treatment for these retinal disorders as soon as possible. The team of ophthalmologists at Rock Hill Eye Center is here when you need us.

What Is a Torn Retina?

The vitreous is the gel in the middle of the eye. It has fluidity and is able to move about. Usually, the vitreous moves away from the retina without causing problems. But sometimes the vitreous pulls hard enough to tear the retina in one or more places.

What Is a Detached Retina?

Fluid may pass through a retinal tear, lifting the retina off the back of the eye–like wallpaper can peel off a wall. When the retina is pulled away from the back of the eye like this, it is called a retinal detachment.

What Are the Symptoms of a Torn or Detached Retina?

The retina does not work when it is torn or detached, causing your vision to become blurry. A detached retina is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated with detached retina surgery.

How Are These Conditions Treated?

Your eye doctor can use one of several methods to treat your retina. Laser surgery and cryotherapy are two common procedures. Your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes and recommend the option that will give you the best chance for preserving your sight.

Additional Retina Services

General Information

A healthy, intact retina is key to clear vision. Unfortunately, many people suffer from retinal diseases and don’t even realize it. Our ophthalmologist at Rock Hill Eye Center will examine your eyes and watch for any signs of these problems.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that occurs in people with diabetes. This retinal disease affects the blood vessels in the eye and can cause permanent vision loss. If you have diabetes, be aware of this condition and be sure to visit an ophthalmologist for care.

Age Related Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a breakdown of the part of your retina that controls your central vision. The most common cause of this retinal disease is aging. Learn about the two major types of macular degeneration and why seeing an ophthalmologist is so important.

Flashes and Floaters

Eye flashes and floaters can be distracting. But are they a sign of a more serious issue with your retinas? Our eye doctors can help rule out any more serious retinal diseases.

Plaquenil Eye Exams

We perform different tests to detect retinal damage due to Plaquenil medication.

Please allow 24-48 business hours to be contacted regarding your appointment request. We look forward to seeing you soon.

* If this is a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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