Untreated Retinal Detachment Due to Eye Floaters May Cause Blindness

by Tanya Thomas on  November 27, 2009 at 11:43 AM Research News   - G J E 4
 Untreated Retinal Detachment Due to Eye Floaters May Cause Blindness
A new Canadian study led by a researcher of Indian origin has revealed that if left untreated, eye floaters and flashes of light which are linked to retinal tear or detachment may even eventually cause blindness.

The study conducted by researchers from Queen's University and Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston has appeared online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The team found that one out seven patients with the symptom are likely to have a retinal tear or detachment.

Dr. Sanjay Sharma, senior author of the study and a professor of Ophthalmology and Epidemiology at Queen's, said: "If we detect a tear and laser it, we can save people from potentially going blind...But if fluid gets in under the retina and causes it to detach, it may be too late."

He also pointed out that only high-tech equipment and a thorough retinal examination can detect retinal tears since they are really difficult to see.

Dr. Sharma added: "If new floaters are associated with visual loss, a defect in the visual field, or the presence of blood or 'tobacco dust' in the eye jelly, the risk of retinal tear is significantly higher...Since retinal tear can lead to detachment in up to 50 per cent of cases, new floaters and flashes is a medical condition that needs urgent assessment."

Source: ANI

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a friend of mine is suffering from retinal been years since he had this problem but was never detected as he had no problem is looking and now his having a problem in vision.everything he sees with that eye is blur.what can be the consequence if this problem is untreated.what will happen to d affected eye???
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