Retinal Tear, Flashers, Floaters, and Detachments

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The vitreous is the gel-like fluid that fills your eye. As we age, the vitreous starts to shrink and get thinner. If it sticks to the retina, it can pull hard enough to tear it. This tear can allow fluid to collect under the retina. Over time, that fluid will lift the retina away from the back of the eye and cause it to detach.

A torn retina must be treated by an ophthalmologist right away to prevent a detachment and further vision loss. Dr. E. Shanika Esparaz specializes in the care of tears with state-of-the-art technology that maximizes your outcomes.

Symptoms of a Retinal Tear or Detachment

Most patients diagnosed with a retinal tear often experience a sudden onslaught of symptoms that may include:

  • Flashes of light
  • Floaters
  • A shadow in your peripheral vision
  • Black spots in your field of vision
  • Blurry vision
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Treatment of Retinal Tears and Detachments

A retinal tear is a serious condition in itself, but if it’s not treated soon after symptoms start, it can lead to a retinal detachment and vision loss. The procedures to treat retinal tears are minimally-invasive and can be performed on an outpatient basis in our clinic

Laser Surgery (Photocoagulation) – During your procedure, Dr. Esparaz will make small burns around the tear in your retina using a laser beam. The burns create tiny scars that weld the retina to underlying tissue.

Schedule Your Consultation

Don’t wait days to treat your retinal tear! In most cases, Envision Ophthalmology & Wellness members suffering from symptoms can be seen by Dr. Esparaz within one day of calling.

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