Retinal Tears and Detachment

retinal tears

retinal tears

Led by Dr. Cameron Javid, Retina Associates is a Tucson, Arizona-based ophthalmology practice that treats medical issues surrounding the retina and vitreous parts of the eye. One of the most common problems the professionals at Retina Associates deal with is retinal tears.

The retina is the layer of tissue on the back of the human eye that receives light brought in and focused by the lens. It transforms the light into neural signals and forwards them to the brain, thus enabling visual recognition. When a person experiences a retinal tear, in which the retina pulls away within the eyeball, that individual may experience an increased number of floaters and/or flashes within his or her line of vision. These floaters look similar to specks or tiny cobwebs that are most apparent when the eye is focused upon a solid, light-colored surface.

A retinal tear can sometimes progress to a retinal detachment, which is a medical emergency that can lead to significant vision loss or even blindness. An Individual’s risk of developing retinal detachment increases if he or she is over the age of 50, has nearsighted vision, history of eye surgery, trauma, thinning of the retina or has a family history of the condition.

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