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Retinal Detachment

What is retinal detachment?

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position. If not promptly treated, retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss. In some cases there may be small areas of the retina that are torn. These areas, called retinal tears or retinal breaks, can lead to retinal detachment. Famous ballerina Alicia Alonso was left partially blind after suffering a retinal detachment.

Who is at risk for retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women, and Whites more than African Americans.

A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who:

Are extremely nearsighted.

Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye.

Have a family history of retinal detachment.

Have had cataract surgery.

Have other eye diseases or disorders, such as retinoschisis, uveitis, degenerative myopia, or lattice degeneration.

Have had an eye injury.

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Symptoms include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters, which are little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision, and/or light flashes in the eye. Another symptom is the appearance of a curtain over the field of vision. A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of a retinal detachment should see an eye care professional immediately.

How is retinal detachment treated?

Small holes and tears are treated with laser surgery or a freeze treatment called cryopexy. These procedures are usually performed in the doctor’s office. During laser surgery tiny burns are made around the hole to “weld” the retina back into place. Cryopexy freezes the area around the hole and helps reattach the retina.

Retinal detachments are treated with surgery that may require the patient to stay in the hospital. In some cases a scleral buckle, a tiny synthetic band, is attached to the outside of the eyeball to gently push the wall of the eye against the detached retina. If necessary, a vitrectomy may also be performed. During a vitrectomy, the doctor makes a tiny incision in the sclera (white of the eye). Next, a small instrument is placed into the eye to remove the vitreous, a gel-like substance that fills the center of the eye and helps the eye maintain a round shape. Gas is often injected to into the eye to replace the vitreous and reattach the retina; the gas pushes the retina back against the wall of the eye. During the healing process, the eye makes fluid that gradually replaces the gas and fills the eye. With all of these procedures, either laser or cryopexy is used to “weld” the retina back in place.

With modern therapy, over 90 percent of those with a retinal detachment can be successfully treated, although sometimes a second treatment is needed. However, the visual outcome is not always predictable. The final visual result may not be known for up to several months following surgery. Even under the best of circumstances, and even after multiple attempts at repair, treatment sometimes fails and vision may eventually be lost. Visual results are best if the retinal detachment is repaired before the macula (the center region of the retina responsible for fine, detailed vision) detaches. That is why it is important to contact an eye care professional immediately if you see a sudden or gradual increase in the number of floaters and/or light flashes, or a dark curtain over the field of vision.

Sources:

1. National Eye Institute

2. American Optometric Association

Author: Dr. Dien Le

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Blind man ‘excited’ at retina implant

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Defend their Eyes

One-third of all sports-related eye injuries each year are suffered by children. In fact, sports are the leading cause of eye injuries in children under 16. Defend yourself and your children against eye injury:

    • Wear protective eyewear when you participate in sports and insist your children do the same
    • Ask your child’s school or athletic club to adopt a policy requiring protective eyewear.
    • ASK US ABOUT PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR FOR SPORT

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Help You Child Learn

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Celebrate Safety

A sparkler burns at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Imagine what it can do to a child’s eyes. While we celebrate the 4th of July we should keep in mind the dangers that fireworks pose to children.> Click here to learn more

 

Colorado Vision Source: Helping People in Tanzania

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UV Alert

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Dry Eye Syndrome

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

AMD (Age-related Macular Degneration)
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Glaucoma – The Silent Theif of Sight

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that lead to damage of the optic nerve resulting in vision loss and blindess. There are no symptoms or pain related with onset Glaucoma. Of the 3 million Americans that have glaucoma only half know they have it. It’s important to have regular eye exams which can detect glaucoma.> Click here to read about glaucoma – and your eye health

 

 

The Unseen Danger of Diabetes

Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among adults.
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Keep Your Eyes Safe!

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Sharp Vision keeps a Mind Sharp

A recent study reveals that those without proper eye care were 9 times more at risk for Alzheimers and 5 times more at risk for some type of cognitive impairment. Bottom line…schedule a comprehensive eye exam today and take care of your eyes!> Click here to read about Proper Eye Care and Alzheimers

 

 

Incredible Eye Facts

Often taken for granted, your eyes are a wonderful and vital part of your life. Eyes are your most precious sense. Below are some incredible Eye Facts.

Incredible Eye Facts

  • Eyes are the most complex organs you possess except for your brain.
  • Are composed of more than two million working parts.
  • Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the US. Yet, glaucoma can be controlled with little or no further vision loss, if detected at an early stage and treated promptly.
  • Glaucoma occurs more frequently in certain groups of people such as those who are over 40, diabetics, and people who are very nearsighted.
  • The number one cause of blindness in adults in the United States is diabetes.
  • Under the right conditions, can discern the light of a candle at a distance of 14 miles.
  • The Human eye can detect 10 million color hues, but cannot see ultraviolet or infrared light.
  • 85% of what we know comes through our eyes. 80% of our memory is in the form of images.
  • On average we blink our eyes between 10,000 – 20,000 times a day.
  • The “blink of an eye” lasts only a tenth of a second, but that’s all the time needed to clear away dust particles and spread lubricating fluids across the eyeball. Our brains have been trained to ignore blinks.
  • Our eye muscles that move the eye are the strongest in the body
  • Human eyes are always the same size from birth, but your nose and ears never stop growing.
  • The older we are the less tears we produce.
  • Foods shown to help vision are those that are rich in vitamin A which are needed for night vision such as carrots and other orange foods that contain carotene which the body converts to vitamin A.
  • A professional eye exam can detect early signs of health and sight-threatening diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Together with other tests, eye professionals can also detect neurological disease and glaucoma, a potentially blinding disease if left untreated. Early detection and prevention are crucial to the successful treatment of these diseases.
  • Pediatric and Infant Exams are very important. Physician will perform a quick screening for your child for gross abnormalities at the hospital when your child is born. Vision for an infant is almost adult like before they are one year old. We recommend that your child have their first eye exam at age six to eight months. A comprehensive eye exam can pick up subtle problems that, if left untreated, can cause severe, often irreversible vision loss.

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Dry Eyes – (Dry Eye Syndrome)

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How Eyes of Owls and Humans are similar

Owls and people both have binocular vision. Binocular vision is when the two eyes are in front of the head and see the same thing with both eyes. Binocular vision also helps by seeing how fast an object is going, how far away it is and the size.Humans have a field of vision of 180 degrees and 120 degrees with each eye. Owls only have a 125 degree field of vision, 50 degrees with each eye. Owls can’t move their eyes around in their sockets so they must move their head. Owls have fourteen neck bones. Their neck bones let an owl turn its head 270 degrees in both directions. This is not quite a full turn. Unlike us, an owl can turn its head around to see what is sneaking up behind it.

 

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