Symptoms of a Torn Retina


Authored by Ceetee Sheckels in Eyes and Vision 
Published on 12-27-2009

A torn retina can be a frightening experience, especially if you do not know that this is the cause of your symptoms. Whether you have had relatively good eyesight before, or whether your eyesight has begun to deteriorate, the symptoms of a torn retina can leave you quite unnerved. It is a good idea to be aware of the symptoms so that you can be evaluated and treated by a doctor.

If you have begun experiencing the symptoms of a torn retina, you may be brushing them off as a natural part of aging, tiredness, or an unrelated condition. In the interest of your basic health and your eyesight, you should seek prompt medical attention if these symptoms occur.

Floaters are a common symptom of a torn retina. You may have begun to notice spots in your field of vision which were not present before. Your field of vision may also be disturbed by the sensation of lights or other flashes. While these symptoms are also common in retinal detachment, one way in which retinal detachment occurs is allowing a torn retina to go untreated. This is why you should not waste any time in having your condition evaluated as soon as these symptoms occur.

One important point to consider is that untreated torn retinas result in retinal detachment in approximately half of all cases. The other important point to consider is that untreated retinal detachment can result in permanent blindness within a very short period of time. With these points in mind, it is easy to see why your symptoms should be taken seriously, and brought to the attention of your health care provider or ophthalmologist as soon as they are noticed.

In its earliest stages, a torn retina can usually be treated without any undue complications. The two most common forms of treatment for this condition are freezing and laser treatment. Both of these procedures, which are usually performed on an outpatient basis, are capable of repairing a torn retina that is not too severely damaged.

If the condition has progressed to the point of retinal detachment, immediate surgery is needed in order to prevent blindness. There are a number of different surgical procedures available for retinal detachment. In most cases, retinal reattachment results in the preservation of eyesight. The quality of eyesight after retinal reattachment varies from person to person. While some people have had their vision completely restored from these procedures, others have a lesser quality of vision than they did before the problem developed.

As your eyesight is one of the most essential factors in good health and a quality life, symptoms of a torn retina or retinal detachment should never be ignored. Although the procedures appropriate for treating these conditions may sound scary, they are not nearly as difficult to cope with as the prospect of permanently losing one’s eyesight. If you have been bothered by any of these symptoms, you should address it promptly to your physician or an ophthalmologist. It can make the difference in having good health and good sight.


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