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.
As our population ages, vision loss from eye diseases is increasing.
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI):
About 3.3 million Americans aged 40 or older are blind or have low vision. This is about 1 in every 28 people.
By 2020, that number could be 5.5 million -- a 60% increase.
NEI has identified the most common eye diseases in people over age 40 as:
Age-related macular degeneration
Diabetic eye disease
To catch eye conditions early and help...
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.
It's important to have routine eye exams so that your eye doctor can look for retinal tears or other eye problems that could lead to retinal detachment. 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 having more frequent exams to detect
problems in their early stages.
If you notice
flashes of light, let your doctor know about it right away. These symptoms could be a warning sign of a retinal tear that can
lead to detachment.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 15, 2013
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