Retinal Detachment0

Retinal DetachmentWhat causes retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment is caused by a combination of factors including retinal holes, retinal breaks or retinal tears, liquefaction of the vitreous humor, and mechanical forces on the retina, often referred to as “traction”

What caused retinal holes, retinal breaks or retinal tears?

A variety of factors including:

  1. Hereditary abnormalities of the peripheral retina often associated with myopia (near-sightedness)
  2. Eye trauma
  3. Complications of eye surgery for cataract
  4. Glaucoma
  5. Various retinal and macular diseases
  6. Vision correction

What is the relationship between near sightedness and retinal detachment?

Simply having a longer eye associated with myopia probably does not cause retinal detachment, tears, holes, or breaks. A variety of peripheral retinal degenerations such as lattice degeneration are often genetically linked to myopia and may cause retinal holes, breaks, or tears.

If a retinal detachment occurs after eye surgery, does it mean that the surgeon made a mistake?

No. retinal holes, breaks, or tears can occur after uncomplicated eye surgery performed at the highest level of excellence. This complication is probably related to normal alterations in the vitreous humor (jelly) that often occur during or after eye surgery

Can retinal detachment cause total blindness?

Yes, even a slight blockage of the vision caused by partial retinal detachment can result in blindness if not treatment early.

How common is retinal detachment?

Relatively uncommon. About 6/8 people out 10,000 experience retinal detachment.

Are eye strain, nutrition, general health, smoking or emotional stress related to retinal detachment?

No. there is no known relationship between retinal detachment and any of these problems.

Is there a medication or eye drop for the treatment for retinal detachment or is surgery the only option?

No. there is no medicine, eye drop, vitamin, herb, or diet that is beneficial to patients with retinal detachment. Surgery is the only option.

How is retinal detachment treated?

Your regular ophthalmologist will refer you to a retina surgeon (an ophthalmologist who has undergone more subspecialized training in retina surgery) to manage your retinal detachment. Your retinal surgeon with discuss the treatment options for your retinal detachment whether he will do loser, scleral buckle, a vitrectomy, or a combination to treat your retinal detachment. Your retinal surgeon will recommend what is best to try to treat your condition.

Are there complications and is the surgery always successful?

There is a small change of complications after the surgery. Among them are:

  1. Infection
  2. Bleeding
  3. Retinal detachment
  4. High pressure in the eye
  5. Some loss of side vision
  6. Accelerated cataract formation

This risk occurs in a very low rate, that the surgery is more in favour for patients. Surgery may not be successful in one sitting, so there are occasions that surgery has to be repeated to repair the retinal detachment.


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