Q: What is Retinal Detachment?
A. The innermost sensory layer of the eye is called retina. It's responsible for converting vision into electrical impulses. If this very thin layer gets displaced from its position, it is termed as detachment of retina.
Q: What are the risk factors of Retinal Detachment?
A. High myopia, complicated eye surgery, diabetes, trauma or injury, family history etc., If any of these risk factors are present routine dilated fundus examination is must.
Q. What are the signs and symptoms of RD?
A. Sudden loss of vision, curtain interfering in your vision, flashes of light, floaters. There is no pain associated with retinal detachment. If you experience any of the signs, consult your eye doctor right away. Immediate treatment increases your chances of regaining lost vision.
Q. What is the treatment?
Surgery is the only way out.
Band buckle surgery: In this the retina tear or hole is healed by cryo or laser and then the retina is ironed out with gas and then the retina is supported from outside by a buckle. This works in fresh detachments.
Vitrectomy: Longstanding detachments, diabetic or traumatic detachments cause changes in the vitreous, followed by detachments external support would be inadequate and therefore, an internal approach using a vitrectomy cutter is used to put the retina back in position.
Q. What can I expect from the surgery?
A. If operated at the earliest prognosis is good.
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