On a scale of one to ten just how important would you say your vision is. How about an eleven, at least that’s what I would say. There are so many different ways, conditions and diseases that can cause you to lose your vision, so conditions that are treatable and preventable should never cause us to lose our vision. Information is key, so get knowledge about the facts, investigate, surf the net, do whatever is necessary to learn all you need to know to protect your vision. Knowing is half the battle so don’t lose your vision to retinal detachment.
What Is Retinal Detachment
So what is Retinal Detachment, it is an eye condition that has very serious implications for your vision. Retinal Detachment occurs when the Retina is separated from the tissue surrounding it. When this occurs, the Retina can no longer function effectively. Your vision will be affected and if the condition is not repaired promptly, it could unfortunately result in the permanent loss of vision.
Who is at risk
As you might imagine there are several risk factors associated with a Detached Retina. Those who experience the following conditions have a higher chance getting the condition:
- If you have undergone Cataract surgery
- Had an eye injury
- If you suffer severely from nearsightedness
- It can be hereditary, that is if a history of the condition exists in your family
The condition can occur without warning. In the early stages of retinal detachment some patients may suffer from a condition known as a Retinal Tear. The condition develops into Retinal Detachment when the fluid present in the eye, goes through one of the retinal tears. This can cause separation of the tissue leading to retinal detachment. You can treat the disease in its early stages, while there is still just a tear and not complete detachment, it is relatively simple to treat. The procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office. Laser treatment can treat a Retinal Tear and prevent it from developing into Retinal Detachment.
Symptoms to look for
- If you start seeing flashes of light
- Any threads or flecks known as floaters in your vision
- Any darkening in your side or peripheral vision
- How do I know if my Retina is detached
In order to have the condition diagnosed, you must visit your eye doctor who can perform the necessary eye exam to detect the problem. The test is relatively easy and simple. It involves dilating your eyes, this simple test can detect if you suffer from Retinal Detachment.
Don’t take unnecessary risks with your vision. Do all that is necessary and in your power to preserve and protect your vision. Regular eye exams with your eye doctor is a must. The fact is that early detection is the key to preventing the permanent loss of vision that can result from Retinal Detachment. It is not only easier, but cheaper to treat the condition in its early stages. So don’t lose your vision to Retinal Detachment.