What is a retinal tear?
Retinal tears usually occur due to the jelly inside the eye (vitreous) separating from the retina (vitreous detachment). Trauma can also cause retinal tears. People who are very short-sighted are at much higher risk of developing retinal tears. We know from several studies that if retinal tears are left untreated, the risk of developing retinal detachment is very high.
What testing might be done?
Mr Alexander will examine your eye following the use of eye drops that temporarily enlarge your pupils.
How are retinal tears treated?
Retinal holes or tears can be treated with either a laser or with a freezing technique called cryotherapy. These treatments form a firm bond between the retina and the surface beneath it. This helps to prevent retinal detachment.
What can I expect for my vision after treatment for retinal tears?
Immediately after the treatment your vision may be dazzled as a result of the bright lights. Your vision will be misty for a few hours and should return to normal by the next day. You should not drive on the day of your treatment. It is important to remember that laser and/or cryotherapy to treat retinal tears will not remove of any pre-existing symptoms, such as floaters, that you experienced before your treatment. Sometimes the floaters may increase immediately after the treatment, but these will settle after a few days.