Retinal Detachments


Retinal detachment is an uncommon but serious ophthalmic condition that requires immediate intervention from a qualified eye doctor. The team at trusted Ford Eye Center diagnoses and treats suspected retinal detachments in the Arlington and Mansfield, Texas area. Short notice appointments are available.

What is a Retinal Detachment?

The term retinal detachment refers to a separation between the retina – the back layer of the eye – and the tissue surrounding it. Without immediate treatment, retinal detachments can cause permanent vision loss.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment is characterized by sudden onset of new floaters (these look like floating pieces of fuzz in the line of sight), flashes of light, and loss of side (peripheral) vision. These symptoms indicate an emergency and require immediate medical attention.

In some cases, a retinal tear occurs before detachment. The signs and symptoms of a tear can be likened to the signs and symptoms of detachment, so again, early evaluation is key in stopping the tear before it detaches.

Who is at Risk?

Those at highest risk are those who:

  • Have had cataract surgery
  • Have injured their eye
  • Are very nearsighted
  • Have a blood relative with retinal detachment

Unfortunately, the risk factors are largely out of the patient’s control.

How is This Condition Treated?

Retinal detachment is treated in 1 of 4 ways:

  • Thermal laser or cryopexy (freezing)
  • Pneumatic retinopexy
  • Scleral buckle
  • Vitrectomy

Is Treatment Available at Ford Eye Center, Or Are Patients Referred to a Specialist?

Retinal detachment is treated on site by the renowned eye surgeons at Ford Eye Center. Patients can receive an evaluation, diagnostic testing, treating, and follow up from the same doctor and in the same clinic for maximum patient confidence and convenience.

What is the Prognosis for Patients Diagnosed with Retinal Detachment?

When patients receive medical attention before vision loss occurs, their prognosis is good. However, if patients fail to seek medical attention or immediate medical attention isn’t available, lost vision can’t be restored. To improve the prognosis of their conditions, patients should prioritize obtaining immediate medical attention if they experience signs and symptoms of a detached retina.