The retina is the nerve layer that lines the back of the eye. Its function is to sense light, capture all the images that we see, and send the information through the optic nerve to the brain. A retinal evaluation requires a thorough dilated examination of the eye and often requires obtaining images of the retina using multiple imaging modalities. The medical and surgical procedures performed by retina specialists are extremely delicate and range from in-office injections to highly technical surgeries conducted in the operating room.
Occurs when a critical layer of the tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from the layer of blood vessels that provides it with oxygen and nourishment. Any portion of the retina that is detached cannot send visual signals to the brain. It is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.
Retinal detachment symptoms may include:
- A sudden appearance of many floaters- small bits of debris in your field of vision that look like spots, hairs, or strings
- Sudden flashes of light in the affected eye
- A shadow or curtain may develop over a portion of your visual field as the detachment progresses
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