Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal tears and detachments happen when the retina (the inner lining of the eye) is damaged. The retina is a layer of tissue that’s light-sensitive and sends visual information through the optic nerve to the brain. Without it, we are unable to see.

A retinal tear is a small break in this inner lining. Retinal tears can have many causes and can happen at any age. Aging, eye trauma, eye surgery, or being drastically nearsighted may cause retinal tears or detachments.

Treating Retinal Damage

Tears and detachments can be treated with laser surgery or an advanced “freezing” process. Both of these treatment options attempt to keep the retina in place and keep it from fully detaching. If tears are not treated quickly, this layer of tissue can eventually detach from the inside of the eye. Detachment causes permanent vision loss.

Retinal detachment describes a much larger separation of the retina tissues. Although it is not exclusive to older people, it’s more common in those over age 40. If detected early enough, retinal detachment can be treated with the procedures used for some tears. More intricate surgery may be necessary. This procedure uses gas to push the retina together with the wall of the eye to allow for reattachment.

Symptoms of Retinal Tears and Detachments

Symptoms of these retinal conditions may include seeing flashes or floaters, sudden blurry vision, and seeing an area of dark vision.

If you notice changes to your eyesight or have other questions regarding your eye health, please call us right away. Make sure to mention any changes to Dr. Wilson during your appointment. Serious problems can develop if left untreated, or if too much time passes between eye exams.

We’re happy to schedule an exam time that is convenient for you, or to work you in as soon as possible, in case of an eye emergency.

Coronavirus Update!

We have re-opened! With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is our utmost priority to protect the health and safety of our patients, employees, and the community.

We have limited hours listed below:
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Closed 12:30pm - 1:30pm for lunch)
Monday: 1:00pm - 5:00 pm by appointment only

When you arrive at the office, please call us at 317-477-3937 and we will open the door for your exam. All patients must wear masks during their exams. Only the patients may enter the office unless they are accompanying a minor. Only one patient and one guardian will be allowed in at a time.

Due to the current CDC guidelines and to limit the exam time for patients, all dilations will be postponed until after June 1st. All patients are recommended to have a retina photo in place of dilation.