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Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment
Denver, Colorado

Retinal detachment is a serious condition, which can lead to blindness if untreated. Retinal detachment surgery is now treated in an outpatient setting. Vision loss can be prevented or restored using scleral buckling or vitrectomy surgery. Occasionally, pneumatic retinopexy, an in-office procedure, may be utilized. Try one of our offices Serving Denver, Centennial, Broomfield, Thornton, and Fort Collins CO today.

Detached and Torn Retina

A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless treated. The appearance of flashing lights, floating objects, or a gray curtain, veil or shadow moving across your field of vision are all indications of a retinal detachment.

As one gets older, the vitreous, the clear gel-like substance that fills the inside of the eye, tends to shrink slightly and take on a more watery consistency. Sometimes as the vitreous shrinks it exerts enough force on the retina to make it tear.

Retinal tears increase the chance of developing a retinal detachment. Laser surgery or cryotherapy (freezing) is often used to seal retinal tears and prevent detachment.

If the retina is detached, it must be reattached before sealing the retinal tear. There are three ways to repair retinal detachments. Pneumatic retinopexy involves injecting a special gas bubble into the eye that pushes on the retina to seal the tear. The scleral buckle procedure requires the fluid to be drained from under the retina before a flexible piece of silicone is sewn on the outer eye wall to give support to the tear while it heals. Vitrectomy surgery removes the vitreous gel from the eye, replacing it with a gas bubble, which is slowly replaced by the body's fluids.