What is the Retina?
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue located in the back of your eye. This is where light rays entering the eye through the cornea, pupil, and lens are focused. The retina converts these light rays to electric signals, which then passes through the optic nerve and transmitted to the brain. After which, they become the images that we see.
What Conditions Affect the Retina?
In the middle of our eye is a clear gel known as vitreous. Vitreous is attached to the retina, which is located in the back of our eye.
The vitreous may change its shape as people age, pulling a piece of retina with it. Generally, there’s no problem with this. But when the vitreous pulls too hard, the retina may get torn.
This is a serious problem as it can lead to loss of vision unless treated.
What are the Symptoms of Torn or Detached Retina?
Common symptoms of a torn retina include a sudden appearance floaters or small dots or specks in your field of vision. These floaters may also increase in size and numbers. People with detached retina may also experience seeing a shadow appear in their peripheral vision. Vision may as well be impaired.
How is a Detached Retina Treated?
Patients with retinal detachments should undergo surgery to repair the torn retina. When not treated immediately, torn retina may lead to permanent loss of vision. An eye doctor determines the type of surgery needed depending on the degree of the detachment.
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