Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which a thin layer of tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from the layer of blood vessels that provides it with oxygen and nutrients. Retinal detachment is often accompanied by flashes and floaters in your vision. Contact Dr. Plous right away.
Peripheral vision loss is a common symptom among people with retinal detachment. It usually starts gradually, during the course of several days or weeks, even before retinal detachment is fully established. However, reduced side vision is not exclusive of retinal detachment given that other ocular diseases or injuries can cause it. For instance, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, optic neuritis, and strokes can also cause peripheral vision loss.
A retinal detachment is defined by the presence of fluid under the retina. This usually occurs when fluid passes through a retinal tear, causing the retina to lift away from the underlying tissue layers.
We treat Retinal Detachment at our Venice and Sarasota offices as well as the operating room.