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Retinal Tears and Their Treatment

Retinal tears are not an unusual condition as changes within the eye create a pulling effect on the retina. But this condition can lead to a much more serious problem -- retinal detachment. Fortunately, our team at Elman Retina Group can treat a retinal tear easily and effectively.

The Making of a Retinal Tear

To understand the mechanics of a retinal tear, it helps to understand a bit of interior eye anatomy. Under normal circumstances, the space inside the eye is filled with a gelatinous substance called the vitreous humor. With age, however, the vitreous humor may shrink somewhat, causing it to tug at the retina, which lines the inner wall of the eye. If your middle-aged eyes have begin to see "flashers," it may be your vitreous humor contracting.

While flashers may be annoying, they are not necessary a sign of a serious problem -- yet. But if the vitreous humor tugs on the retina a little too insistently, it can create a tear. Retinal tears should never go untreated. That's because if fluid gets underneath the retina, it can encourage the retina to peel right off of the eye's wall. This is what we call retinal detachment, and it can cause serious vision loss unless treated immediately. Even after surgery to correct a detached retina, you might not regain full vision in the affected eye.

Retinal Tear Symptoms and Solutions

Older individuals, myopia patients, and recipients of either cataract surgery or recent eye injury may be more prone to retinal tears. You may experience experience such as flashers and floaters, swelling or pain in the eye, eye movement issues and headaches. These are always a sign that you need to get your retinas checked by our experts here at Elman Retinal Group. We can examine the interior of eye in great detail to see whether you actually have a retinal tear, retinal detachment or some other eye problem.

Treatment of a retinal tear is much simpler and more straightforward than treatment for retinal detachment, which is one more reason to get the condition dealt with early. Treatment options include:

  • Laser surgery - A form of laser therapy known as photocoagulation can create tiny amounts of scar tissue that seal up a retinal tear, preventing further complications.
  • Cryopexy - This technique freezes the torn part of the retina to keep the tear from growing larger. This technique is usually performed on the front part of the retina, where a laser cannot reach.

These techniques are both quick, simple outpatient procedures that should cause you minimal discomfort or downtime -- but they can spare you significant vision loss and more extensive surgery in the future.

Contact Elman Retina Group for Retinal Tear Treatment

If you or your primary eye doctor suspect that you have sustained a retinal tear, schedule an appointment at any of Elman Retina Group's three offices. We can stop that retinal tear in its tracks!

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