A Retinal Tear occurs when the clear, gel-like substance in the center of your eye (vitreous) shrinks and pulls on the retina. Left untreated, this pressure may cause the retina to tear away. Eventually, it could completely detach from the nearby choroid tissue, causing blindness.
If a retinal tear is discovered quickly, treatment can prevent the retina from detaching. A retinal tear or break is usually treated with a laser. Follow-up care will be required to promote a positive outcome.
In the case of retinal detachment, surgery is necessary to attempt to reattach the retina, but that is possible only if the condition is caught early. If you experience a sudden onset of flashes and floaters, which can indicate the presence of this condition, you should consult an eye care professional immediately. He/she may refer you to a retina specialist.
If you believe that you are experiencing conditions as described above or are concerned about the health of your eyes, it is important to see an eye care specialist immediately. If you have been diagnosed with a retina condition or have been referred to a retina specialist in East Tennessee and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Matt Cole, Knoxville Retina Specialist at Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun, call (865) 584-0905.