Floaters In Your Vision? You May Have Retinal Detachment

retinal detachmentChanges to your vision can be benign. If you’ve ever rubbed your eyes, you may see flashes, floaters, or, depending on how hard you rubbed, even have temporary loss of vision.

Sometimes; however, changes to your vision can be the result of a serious medical condition. If you’ve been noticing many floaters, which are the tiny dark spots or wavy lines you can sometimes see in your vision, flashes, or other vision changes, you may be experiencing the symptoms of retinal detachment. Here’s how to know you have retinal detachment and why you need to go to the doctor immediately.

What Is Retinal Detachment and What Causes It

Retinal detachment is when the retina, a layer of tissue at the back of the eye used to capture light, detaches from its usual position. Though it can be caused by injury, other common causes are linked to age and genetics.

If you have a family history of retinal detachment or visual disorders, getting checked by a doctor can be necessary to make sure your eye health is good.

Symptoms of Retinal Detathment 

Common symptoms of retinal detachment are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced peripheral vision
  • Flashes of light
  • A ‘cascade’ or ‘curtain’ of floaters

Retinal detachment is a serious condition because it can result in permanent vision loss. In some instances like if the retina has only partially detached, you may not experience any symptoms. If you’ve suffered an injury to the eye or have a family history of retinal detachment, it is necessary you consult an eye doctor to make sure your retina is in the correct position.

Retinal Detachment Treatments at Wilkinson Eye Center 

Retinal detachments are serious medical conditions, but thankfully they can be treated. Utilizing a range of techniques depending on the scope of your retinal detachment, our doctors are capable and experienced. At Wilkinson Eye Center in Pontiac, Michigan, we have been providing eye care to Oakland County for over 40 years.

If you believe you may have retinal detachment or need an eye checkup, do not delay for even a moment, call 248-334-4931 to make an appointment.

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