retinal detachment, your doctor will ask you questions
about your symptoms, past eye problems, and risk factors. The doctor will also
test your near and distance vision (visual acuity) and side (peripheral)
vision. These routine vision tests do not detect retinal detachment, but they
can find problems that could lead to or result from retinal detachment.
A doctor can usually see a retinal tear or detachment while examining the
ophthalmoscopy. This test allows the doctor to see
inside the back of the eye using a magnifying instrument with a light.
Light is crucial for our vision. We see objects around us when light bounces off them and enters our eyes. But sometimes, light can be the cause of vision problems when it causes halos or glare.
Halos are bright circles that appear to surround a source of light, such as oncoming car headlights. Glare is light that enters your eye but doesn't help you see better. Rather, it interferes with your vision.
Glare can be:
Uncomfortable. When you're trying to see in the presence of a too-bright light,...
If a retinal tear or detachment involves blood vessels in the retina, you
may have bleeding in the middle of the eye. In these cases, your doctor can
view the retina using
ultrasound, a test that uses sound waves to form an
image of the retina on a computer screen.
If you have a condition that puts you at high
risk for retinal detachment—such as nearsightedness, recent
family history of retinal detachment, or a prior
retinal detachment in your other eye—talk to your doctor about how often you
should have your eyes checked. You may need more frequent exams to detect
problems in their early stages.
Many retinal detachments are
triggered when the
vitreous gel that fills the center of the eye shrinks
and separates from the retina, which is called
posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). The main symptoms
of PVD are dark
flashes of light. It is important to pay attention to
these symptoms, because they could be a warning sign of a retinal tear that can
lead to detachment. Getting treatment quickly after you notice these symptoms
can save your vision.