Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal tears and detachments happen when the retina (the inner lining of the eye) is damaged. The retina is a layer of tissue that’s light-sensitive and sends visual information through the optic nerve to the brain. Without it, we are unable to see.

A retinal tear is a small break in this inner lining. Retinal tears can have many causes and can happen at any age. Aging, eye trauma, eye surgery, or being drastically nearsighted may cause retinal tears or detachments.

Treating Retinal Damage

Tears and detachments can be treated with laser surgery or an advanced “freezing” process. Both of these treatment options attempt to keep the retina in place and keep it from fully detaching. If tears are not treated quickly, this layer of tissue can eventually detach from the inside of the eye. Detachment causes permanent vision loss.

Retinal detachment describes a much larger separation of the retina tissues. Although it is not exclusive to older people, it’s more common in those over age 40. If detected early enough, retinal detachment can be treated with the procedures used for some tears. More intricate surgery may be necessary. This procedure uses gas to push the retina together with the wall of the eye to allow for reattachment.

Symptoms of Retinal Tears and Detachments

Symptoms of these retinal conditions may include seeing flashes or floaters, sudden blurry vision, and seeing an area of dark vision.

If you notice changes to your eyesight or have other questions regarding your eye health, please call us right away. Make sure to mention any changes to Dr. Rick and Angie Olson during your appointment. Serious problems can develop if left untreated, or if too much time passes between eye exams.

We’re happy to schedule an exam time that is convenient for you, or to work you in as soon as possible, in case of an eye emergency.

We are pleased to announce that Olson Eye Care will be reopening for routine eye care on Monday, May 18th.

Patients will be asked pre-screening questions and masks are required for all patients and employees.

We are being diligent with disinfecting measures throughout the day in addition to following the protocols established by the Wisconsin Optometric Association.

All visits will be by appointment only.  This includes eyewear purchases, dispensing, adjustments, and repair. Please no walk-ins.

Our parking garage is closed so please park on the street (Commerce Dr.) near our front door.

Please contact us if you have any questions and we thank you for your understanding and support of our local business.

We look forward to seeing our patients and wish you all a safe and healthy spring.

Sincerely,

Dr Rick, Dr Angie, Dr Mary Ellen and the entire Olson Eye Care Team.