Medical and Surgical Retina Specialist located in Greenfield, WI & Delafield, WI
A retinal tear can potentially lead to blindness, so prompt care is important. At Advanced Retina, located in Delafield and Greenfield, Wisconsin, Dr. Vogel provides the most advanced treatments available to care for patients’ retinal conditions in and around southeastern Wisconsin. Call the office nearest you to set up an appointment if you’ve been diagnosed with a retinal tear, or use the website to reach out and learn more about our services.
Retinal Tears Q & A
What is a retinal tear?
The retina is a layer of nerve tissue containing light-sensitive cells essential to translating light into images. Your retina is truly the center of your vision.
If you experience a retinal tear, you’re at risk of a retinal detachment, which can cause blindness.
What are the symptoms of a retinal tear?
Flashes of light or floaters are the primary signs that you may have a retinal tear. Usually, these come on suddenly. It almost looks as if someone is shaking pepper in your vision.
A tear can cause bleeding into your eye and result in some vision loss. It’s not uncommon for a tear to not have any symptoms and only be detected at a routine eye exam.
What causes a retinal tear?
Retinal tears usually occur spontaneously due to the effects of aging. Occasionally they occur as the result of trauma.
Your vitreous, a clear gel-like substance at the back of your eye, is lined by the retina. In your youth, the gel adheres snuggly to your retina, but it begins to separate as you age. In some people, the vitreous is stickier and pulls your retina — causing it to tear.
You’re at greater risk of experiencing a retinal tear if you have any of the following:
- Severe myopia (nearsightedness)
- Family history of retinal tears or detachment
- Prior eye surgery
- Thin patches of the retina called lattice degeneration
There is no way to predict who will develop a retinal tear. This is why regular eye exams are important.
How are retinal tears treated?
Advanced Retina provides prompt, advanced treatment for retinal tears. Your doctor seals the edges of the tear to prevent fluid from passing through and detaching your retina. They may use a specialized laser or freezing therapy to accomplish the sealing.
What is the difference between a retinal tear and a retinal hole?
Sometimes, a retinal tear is referred to as a retinal hole. But a retinal hole is usually smaller and develops due to progressive thinning of your retina. Retinal holes are less likely to lead to retinal detachment, but some do deserve treatment.
If you have a retinal tear, don’t delay contacting Advanced Retina for an appointment. Call today or learn more about the practice through this website.