The fear of losing our vision as we get older produces a growing concern for our visual health. From the minor hindrances, such as being unable to read fine print, to the more concerning, like retinal detachment, it’s important to understand the symptoms that may lead to permanent vision loss. Though retinal detachment isn’t as common as other vision-related conditions, it is a very serious eye condition that can result in vision loss and blindness.

The retina is an extremely thin tissue that lines the back of the eye and is responsible for allowing us to see images, similar to how the film of a camera captures images. A retinal detachment is often an emergency situation in which the retina is separated from the underlying tissue of the eye that provides it with oxygen and nutrition. Though virtually painless unless it occurs as a result of physical trauma, it is important to recognize symptoms of retinal detachment:

  • Sudden increase in “floaters,” or black spots and threads that move around in your field of vision

  • Flashes of light in your peripheral vision

  • Darkening vision or shadow moving across your eye

  • Slight feeling of heaviness in the eye

Experiencing some, or all of the symptoms listed, does not necessarily mean you’ve experienced a retinal detachment. It does mean that you should get to an Orlando ophthalmologist as soon as possible for an examination. It could mean that you are in the process of retinal detachment; quick treatment is necessary to prevent a full detachment.

Retinal detachment can occur as a result of shrinkage or contraction of the vitreous gel, or the gel-like material that fills the inside of your eye. It can also be a result of injury, as well as advanced diabetes or an inflammatory eye disorder such as Uveitis.

Early diagnosis and repair is imperative since visual improvement is much greater when the retina is repaired before the macula, or central area of the retina, is detached. The surgical repair of retinal detachments is successful in about 85% of patients with one single procedure. Your Orlando ophthalmologist can determine the best course to take for treatment depending on the severity of the condition.

Retina Macula Specialists is one of Orlando’s premier retinal clinics specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of intraocular diseases associated with the vitreous, retina and macula. Our trusted and caring medical specialists provide patients with the same compassion and skill that we would desire for ourselves. If you experience any symptoms mention above, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaime Membrano, call our office today at 407-931-1510.