A retinal detachment can occur at any age and is considered a medical emergency. In fact, if not treated promptly, a retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss. It happens when the retina pulls away from the tissue around it, which supplies it with oxygen and nutrients. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached, and unless reattached promptly, it can result in permanent vision loss. A comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable.
Needed for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail, a healthy, intact retina is key to clear vision. Symptoms of a detached retina can occur gradually or suddenly. Warning signs of retinal detachment include the sudden appearance of many floaters. Tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision. Additionally, you may see flashes of light in one or both eyes, or a curtain-like shadow coming over your vision. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our office immediately.
You are at greater risk of developing a retinal detachment if: You’re older than 50, a family member has had a detached retina, you’re extremely nearsighted, or you have had blunt force trauma to the head. To enjoy a lifetime of good eyesight, it is essential to keep your retinas functioning properly. That’s why getting an annual comprehensive eye exam is so important! A comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable.
During your eye exam, our eye doctors will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, and check your eyes for common eye diseases. Additionally, we will assess how your eyes work together and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. If you need have questions about our eye exams or need more information, contact our office at (805) 522-7007 to learn how we can help.