Symptoms and Signs of Retinal Detachment

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Symptoms and Signs

Feeling of a shadow or a curtain coming in any part of the vision is an indicator of retinal detachment.

Flashes of light and floaters may be the initial symptoms of retinal detachment. The patient experiences streaks of light in the periphery of his visual field. He is often able to tell distinctly the quadrant of visual field that is affected. The precise reason of this symptom is the pull of the vitreous over the retina which irritates the visual cells giving an impression of flashes of light.

Floaters are disturbing dark spots that keep moving in front of the patients eyes. They may be due to vitreous condensation due to its degeneration or when associated with flashes are usually due to a small bleed in the vitreous due to a tear in the retina.

Feeling of a shadow or a curtain coming in any part of the vision is an indicator of retinal detachment. The patient should immediately see an eye doctor. The faster it is treated the better is the visual prognosis.

On examination the doctor finds reduced visual acuity if the central retina is detached or a field defect if the peripheral retina is detached. After dilatation of the pupil, the detached retina can directly be seen by the examining doctor with the help of some lenses. Indirect ophthalmoscopy is a very useful means of examination to find out the cause of the detachment. It helps in appropriate management.

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10 year old girl had a detached retina stuck back 3 months ago, the operation was said to be a success, 3 months on she has only 5% vision in the eye, the detached retina may have happened some time prior to the operation, can anything be done to improve this situation ? The operation was performed in Nice France, is there some place in the world that has advanced procedures in this field ?


My father is having the retina detachment in both the eyes. First right side eye was operated about 15 years with unsuccessful operation and treatment. Please let me know if there are any further development in retina detachment case? if so please let me know the address and other details.So i can for other eye.


my husband detached his left eye retina while on vacation. he was seeh 1 week later and confirmed a complete retinal detachment. was schedule for a pars plana vitrectomyon the 10th day but was cancelled due to a stye that developed on that eye.was put on doxycycline bid and erythromycin oint 3x a day and bedtime.5 days paseed and suregery was finaly done yesterday.surgeon was very pleased and very optimistic about the eye. the macula was involved dont know if it is on and off macula detachement as well.what are the chances of vision recovery in this particular situation.he is on prone sitting position right now possibly a week he he lasered the remainder fluid left over by the macula and still very pleased about the outcome of surgery.can you give me percentage of vision recovery. my hussband has noexisting med. problem. he had bilateral cataract extractions last year wwww/ a unifocal lens implant. thank you

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