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What Causes Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment happens when the layer of tissue that sends visual signals through the optic nerve separates from its position. This can be extremely serious and lead to complete vision loss if not handled quickly.

Symptoms of retinal detachment are:

  • A sudden or gradual increase in “floaters,” those little specks that sometimes appear in your field of vision
  • Flashing lights when you move your eyes
  • Darkness like a curtain in your vision

If you experience these symptoms, seek medical help from us retina specialists immediately. It’s extremely important to treat retinal detachment as soon as possible for the best chance of restoring your vision and preventing further issues.

What are the Risk Factors of Retinal Detachment?

Though retinal detachment can occur at any age, it is much more common in people over the age of 40. Your risk also increases if you have or recently experienced the following:

  • Family history of retinal detachment
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Severe myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Other eye diseases like uveitis or lattice degeneration
  • Eye injury or surgery

Fortunately, if caught early enough, your retina can often be repaired which will save your vision. That’s why it’s so vital that you see a retina specialist as soon as you start experiencing symptoms. Especially if you know you are in one of these higher-risk groups. To help prevent retinal detachment, we recommend getting regular eye exams (particularly if you are over 40) to help determine if there are any warning signs that detachment may occur.

We’re Retina Experts

The eye doctors at American Eye Associates are one of a select few practices that specialize in retinal disorders. This expertise makes us uniquely equipped to treat retinal detachment. Our doctors are skilled and trained to use state-of-the-art technology and surgical procedures meaning you are in some of the best hands possible to treat your retinal issues.

Schedule an Appointment ASAP

If you suspect you’re experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment, don’t delay! It’s important to have that looked at as soon as possible. Call the retina specialists in our Chula Vista office at (619) 425-7755 to schedule your appointment. We serve patients in San Diego, Chula Vista, El Centro, and nearby areas of Southern California.

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