Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition that can greatly impact your eye health. In fact, the condition can even lead to vision loss if not addressed. This is why it is important that you remain aware of the symptoms associated with this condition so that you can take swift action if something appears to be wrong. Ahead, the skilled team of experts at Mittleman Eye explains key symptoms that could indicate it’s time to seek immediate treatment.
An Influx of Eye Floaters
Eye floaters are semi-transparent flecks that appear in your field of vision and seem to dash away if you attempt to look at them directly. These floaters tend to be more easily observed in adequately lit settings or when looking at light-colored objects. In general, floaters are caused by natural, age-related changes to the eyes and are not usually a cause for concern. However, when a large number of floaters appear in your vision, you should pay attention. As you get older, the vitreous of the eye may begin to pull away from the retina, which can cause an increase in eye floaters. On occasion, this separation can cause a retina tear which can lead to detachment. If you are experiencing this, it’s time to make an eye appointment.
Flashes of Light
Flashes of light can appear in your vision when the vitreous gel of the eye creates friction on sections of the retina, usually because the vitreous gel has not undergone a clean separation. This can occur in cases when the gel is more securely attached. Without having an eye examination, it is not possible to tell if the flashes are related to a retinal tear or something else. It is vital that you visit an ophthalmologist, such as one of the doctors at Mittleman Eye, who can thoroughly evaluate your symptoms and determine the cause.
If you experience a dark, shadowy area over parts of your vision, it could mean that your retina has already started detachment. This shadow — which is sometimes described as a “curtain” — can appear on the sides of your vision, as well as the top or bottom. Once it appears, it does not go away and may even grow larger, and medical intervention is necessary.
Retinal Detachment Treatment in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, FL
If you suspect you may have signs of a retinal detachment, do not delay treatment — doing so could cost you your vision. The doctors at Mittleman Eye understand that this condition can be a distressing experience for many patients, but effective treatment is available to help improve your vision and quality of life. To get started, make an appointment directly online, or text or call 561-500-2020 to begin a conversation today.