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Retinal Tear And Detachment Specialist

Katia E. Taba, MD -  - Board-Certified Ophthalmologist

Personalized Retina Care of Naples

Katia E. Taba, MD

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist located in Naples, FL

If you see floaters, have light sensitivity, and have blurry vision, you may be dealing with a retina issue. Serious issues like retinal tears and detachment require immediate attention from an expert like Katia Taba, MD, at Personalized Retina Care of Naples in Naples, Florida. Click now or call today to get the diagnosis and treatment you need.

Retinal Tear and Detachment

What is a detached retina, and what is a retinal tear?

Your eye's retina, the tissue lining the back of your eye, helps you maintain clear vision by relaying visual messages through your optic nerve. If your retina shifts out of its proper position, it's considered detached.

There are three kinds of retinal detachment.

Rhegmatogenous

Rhegmatogenous is the most common kind of detached retina and is the most common retina emergency. A rhegmatogenous retinal detachment happens when fluid seeps through a retinal tear to fill the subretinal area (the area behind the retina). This causes the retina to detach from the retinal pigment epithelium, which is responsible for nourishing your retina.

Tractional

Tractional retinal detachments can happen if you have scar tissue on your retina. If the scar tissue contracts, it can pull your retina out of place. Tractional retinal detachment may happen in diabetic retinopathy or retinal vein occlusion.

Exudative

Exudative retinal detachment happens when fluid gets into the subretinal area but there aren't any retinal tears. Exudative retinal detachment often occurs in patients who suffer from inflammatory, degenerative, and vascular conditions. It may also occur after eye trauma.

If you have tiny tears on your retina, called retinal tears, they could eventually cause retina detachment unless you get treatment.

What are the symptoms of a torn or detached retina?

There are several symptoms of a detached retina, including:

  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty seeing in low-light conditions
  • Light sensitivity
  • Partial vision loss in one or both of your eyes
  • Seeing light flashes
  • Seeing floaters, dots, or other visual disturbances
  • A veil over your field of vision

A retinal detachment is an emergency, so when you have these symptoms, get help right away.

What is the treatment for torn or detached retina?

If you have a retinal tear but not retinal detachment, you may simply need monitoring. However, in many cases, Dr. Taba treats retinal tears with a simple in-office laser procedure that can prevent retinal detachment later.  

If you have a detached retina, Dr. Taba can often perform the corrective surgery in-office. Options include laser retinopexy, exocryoretinopexy, and gas or oil injections. These procedures help reposition your retina and can save your vision.

Book your appointment online or by phone now.