Retinal Detachment Directory
Retinal detachment is a very serious condition that occurs when the retina pulls away from its supporting eye tissues. Since the retina can't work properly under these conditions, permanent vision loss may occur if a detachmentisn't repaired within 24-72 hours. There is no pain associated with retinal detachment, but if you notice vision problems -- such as seeing flashes of light, floaters, or a darkening of your peripheral vision -- contact your eye doctor immediately. Early diagnosis is key to preventing vision loss associated with a detached retina. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes retinal detachment, what it looks like, how it's treated, and much more.
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Scleral Buckling Surgery for Retinal Detachment
Scleral buckling surgery is the most common way to treat retinal detachment. It is a method of closing breaks, bringing the two layers of the retina back together, and getting rid of fluid under the retina. See an illustration of a detached retina.
Your Eyes and Retinal Detachment
WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, risk factors, and treatment of retinal detachment, a very serious eye condition that occurs when the retina pulls away from its supporting tissues.
Types of Retinal Detachment-Topic Overview
There are three types of retinal detachment.Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is the most common type of detachment. It is caused by tears or holes in the retina called retinal breaks. A retinal break allows fluid from the middle of the eye to pass through the tear and settle under the retina. As the fluid builds up under the retina, it pushes the retina away from the layer beneath it. See a picture of a detached retina.The most frequent cause of retinal tears is posterior vitreous detachment (PVD), a condition in which the vitreous gel separates from the retina. At points where the gel is more strongly attached to the retina, the vitreous gel can pull so hard that it tears the retina. Retinal tears occur most often on the sides (periphery) of the retina, because the vitreous gel is attached to the retina most strongly in those areas. Often harmless, posterior vitreous detachments usually result from normal changes in the vitreous gel that develop as the eyes age.Retinal breaks