Retinal Detachment

In San Diego, CA

What Is a Retinal Detachment?

The retina is the structure at the back of the eye responsible for changing light images into electrical impulses that are then transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve. The retina is composed of special cells called photoreceptors, which take light energy and change it into the electrochemical energy used by nerve cells to carry information.

Retinal detachment is when the retina is pulled or lifted from its natural position.

At American Eye Associates and California Retina Associates, we offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments, expert surgical techniques, and the latest diagnostic services that will help you live your most healthy and comfortable life. We are happy to offer ophthalmology services to men and women in San Diego, Chula Vista, and the surrounding areas of Imperial County, California. Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologists today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Retinal Detachment Symptoms?

Retinal detachment can cause the sudden appearance of floaters, flashing lights or a shadow or curtain passing through the peripheral vision. Sometimes, there are no symptoms of retinal detachment.

What Are Retinal Detachment Treatments?

Our eye doctors will check your retina during your regularly scheduled visits. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of retinal detachment, we will carefully examine the retina and perform testing to confirm a diagnosis. We may take special scans or images of the retina to determine whether there is a problem. If retinal detachment is confirmed, we will be happy to discuss treatment options.

Without prompt retinal detachment treatment to reattach the retina to the back of the eye and seal any tears or holes, this condition can quickly lead to a complete loss of vision.

What Are Retinal Detachment Risk Factors?

  • Aging
  • Previous retinal detachment in one eye
  • Family history of retinal detachment
  • Extreme nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Previous eye surgery, such as cataract removal
  • Previous severe eye injury
  • Previous other eye disease or disorder, including retinoschisis, uveitis or thinning of the peripheral retina

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