Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal tears and detachments are conditions where the inner lining of the eye called the retina is damaged. The retina is a layer of tissue that’s light-sensitive and sends visual information through the optic nerve to the brain. If damaged, this layer of tissue can eventually detach from the inside of the eye, causing permanent vision loss.

A retinal tear describes a small break in this lining. Retinal tears can have many causes and can happen at any age. Retinal tears can be treated with laser surgery or an advanced “freezing” process. Both of these treatment options attempt to keep the retina in place and keep it from fully detaching.

Retinal detachment describes a much larger separation of the retina tissues and although it is not exclusive to older people, it’s more common in those over age 40. If detected with an eye exam early enough, retinal detachment can be treated with the procedures used for some tears, or with a more intricate surgery that uses gas to push the retina together with the wall of the eye to allow for reattachment.

Aging, eye trauma, eye surgery, or being drastically nearsighted may cause retinal tears or detachments. Symptoms of these retinal conditions may include seeing flashes or floaters, sudden blurry vision, and seeing an area of dark vision.

An eye exam is very important when these symptoms occur as permanent eyesight loss may occur if the retina problem is not treated in a timely manner.

May 1st, 2020

We will be reopening effective Tuesday May 12th! We are glad to be back and looking forward to providing our patients with the exemplary care you have come to expect in the safest environment possible.

While our doors will be open, we will have some changes in effect per guidelines from the CDC and the American Optometric Association.

We are asking patients to CHECK IN prior to entering the office. We will have a check in station set up where we will conduct a health screening questionnaire and your temperature will be checked.

We are requiring that all patients over the age of 2 wear a FACE MASK.

SOCIAL DISTANCING will be required and our staff will approve entry in order to control the number of people in the office. Please wait for staff approval before entering the office.

In order to maintain our social distance guidelines, we will be allocating ONE HOUR for the exam, shopping, and checkout. If you need more time to find the perfect pair of glasses we will be adding specialized shopping times.

If you had an appointment that was cancelled due to the COVID 19 closure, please contact our office at 303-979-3937 so that we can reschedule your appointment.

Thank you! We look forward to "seeing" you all again! :)