Retinal Detatchment

What is a Retina?

The retina is a thin tissue at the back of the eye that is responsible for detecting light and transmitting that signal to the brain through the optic nerve. A retinal detachment is when the retina pulls away from the underlying blood vessel network (choroid) and support (sclera) structures. There are several causes of retinal detachments that include, retinal tears and posterior vitreous detachments. Retinal Detachment occur when the vitreous gel in the back of the eye start to liquefy that when the fluid leak through then tear and separate the retina from the back of the eye.

A retinal detatchment is when the retina pulls away from the underlying blood vessel network (choroid) and support (sclera) structures. There are several causes of retinal detatchments that include, retinal tears and posterior vitreous detatchments. Retinal Detatchment occur when the vitreous gel in the back of the eye start to liquefy that when the fluid leak through then tear and separate the retina from the back of the eye.

High risk retinal tears can be treated using laser photocoagulation. This technique is used to ‘spot weld’ the retina in the weakened area to prevent fluid from getting under the retina and causing a detachment to occur.

In cases of retinal detachments, one of the procedures our surgeons perform is for a Scleral Buckle. In this surgery a special silicone is placed around the outside wall of the eye. It provides permanent external support to the retinal tears in patients.