There are many concerns that can happen to the eyes. At The Eye Care Institute, we urge new and current patients to visit our practice when problems arise, as many issues can be treated before they become a bigger, more serious and expensive issue. When patients are noticing flashing and flickering in their vision, it is essential that patients call our practice for an appointment as this can be a sign of a condition called retinal detachment.
Understanding retinal detachment?
Our team describes retinal detachment as the process of the pulling of the retina away from the normal position at the back of the eyeball. When the retinal cells are separating from the layer of blood vessels that provide nourishment to the eyes, it can result in permanent vision loss in the eye without effective diagnosis and treatment.
What are the warning signs of retinal detachment?
In addition to experiencing flashes in the eyes, such as flickering or brightness occurring in the peripheral vision, patients may also notice a dramatic increase in floaters or reduced vision. A reduction in peripheral vision may also become noticeable, and vision may be blurred or shadowed. Visiting an ophthalmologist as soon as possible is the best way to ensure the least amount of damage to one’s vision.
What factors increase my risk of developing retinal detachment?
It can be difficult to determine the cause of retinal detachment, though doctors have found over the years that patients with certain conditions or experiences may be at a greater risk of developing this condition. Some of these factors include:
- A patient’s age
- Previous eye surgeries or injuries
- Severe nearsightedness
- Previous retinal detachment
- Family history of retinal detachment
- Eye diseases or disorders including uveitis or lattice degeneration
Are you concerned about retinal detachment?
If you are experiencing the symptoms of retinal detachment and are in need of an evaluation, we encourage you to book a consultation visit and initial examination with the team at The Eye Care Institute in Louisville, KY. Our doctors are here to help and assist with routine or concerning eye issues that may be impacting your vision or eye health. Call (502) 589-1500 to make an appointment.