Retinal Detachment

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What is a retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition that can lead to vision loss if not treated. The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that is responsible for capturing images and sending them to the brain. When the retina becomes detached from the back of the eye, it can no longer send images to the brain, resulting in loss of vision.

There are three different types of retinal detachment:

Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment: This is the most common type of retinal detachment and occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye due to a tear or hole.

Tractional Retinal Detachment: This type of retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes detached due to the pulling or stretching of the tissue.

Exudative Retinal Detachment: This type of retinal detachment occurs when fluid accumulates on or under the retina, resulting in it becoming detached from the back of the eye.

What causes a retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment often occurs on its own without an underlying cause. However, it may also be caused by trauma, diabetes, or an inflammatory disorder. It is most often caused by the formation of a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). During this process, the vitreous gel tugs on the retina and this can cause a tear in the retina leading to a retinal detachment. Central vision becomes severely affected if the macula, the part of the retina responsible for fine central vision, becomes detached.

Retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in older adults. It can be caused by several factors, including injury to the eye, retinal tear or hole, diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy

Signs and tests

Tests will be done to check the retina. This includes a dilated eye exam to examine the retina to look for the areas of retinal tears, holes, and detachments.


Most patients with a retinal detachment will need surgery, either immediately or after a short period of time. The type of treatment will depend upon the location of detachment, the severity of the detachment, etc. Types of surgery include:

If you experience any symptoms of a retinal detachment including flashes, floaters, and curtains in your peripheral vision, please contact us immediately. At Denver Eye Surgeons, our doctors have the knowledge, expertise, and equipment necessary to diagnose and treat retinal tears and retinal detachments. We have a fellowship trained retinal specialist on staff to help with the diagnosis and treatment of retinal detachments.

Why Choose Denver Eye Surgeons?

Our doctors at Denver Eye Surgeons have the expertise, knowledge, and experience to help guide you through your best options for treatments for retinal diseases. We have a fellowship-trained retina specialist who can help you with the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases. We are known as the Denver Retina specialists. At Denver Eye Surgeons, we are committed to preventing blindness from retinal disease and to provide you with the best in retinal care.

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