A torn or detached retina can have serious consequences for your eye health and your vision. In most cases, this problem can be solved with surgery. At Avery Eye Clinic, we have the knowledge, equipment, and technology needed to perform advanced eye procedures for our patients in Huntsville, Conroe, and in The Woodlands, TX.
Understanding Retinal Tears
If a retina becomes damaged through a tear or detachment, it is usually necessary to seal the retina to the back of the eye. This can be accomplished with laser surgery or with a procedure called cryotherapy. Cryotherapy involves freezing the retina back into place. A scar will develop with both of these treatment options.
The scar is crucial to the healing process since the scar helps to seal the retina in place. Once completed, the fluid will not be able to travel through the tear or move under the retina. In most cases, patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. To clear you for retinal surgery, you will need to visit an eye care office to get a diagnosis and a treatment plan.
Symptoms of a Retinal Tear or Detachment
Retinal detachments are very serious because there is rarely pain associated with this type of injury. In many cases, the first sign of this problem will be changes in your vision. You may notice many floaters. Some people notice this more in the morning just after waking, but it can happen at any time of the day.
Another sign can be reduced side vision. Some patients report blurry vision or the appearance of a curtain coming down over their vision. If you have any of these types of changes in your vision, you must visit an eye doctor as soon as possible. The sooner a doctor can intervene with treatment, the more likely you are to save your vision. If left untreated, a retinal tear or detachment can result in blindness.
Understanding Retinal Surgery
There are two types of retinal surgery available. Both of these methods can successfully reattach a detached retina or fix a torn retina.
- Laser Method - When using laser surgery, the eye doctor will use the laser to create small burns around the tear. The resulting scarring will pull the retina back into place and seal it there. This scarring will also prevent retinal detachments in the future.
- Cryotherapy - Cryotherapy is a method that uses freezing to reattach a detached or torn retina.
Contact Avery Eye Clinic for Retinal Surgery
If you would like to learn more about our eye care services, contact our ophthalmologists at Avery Eye Center, serving the communities of Huntsville, Conroe, and The Woodlands. Call our team today at (800) 346-6162 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.