Here at The Retina Group of Washington, one of the most serious conditions that our eye doctor in Capitol Hill treats is retinal detachment. The retina is the light sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages from the optic nerve through to the brain. During a retinal detachment, the retina is lifted or pulled from the position that it is supposed to be in. A retinal detachment is a serious condition that can lead to vision loss if it is not treated promptly and effectively. In some cases, even a small retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment. When the retina detaches from its normal position, it is then separated from the cells that provide it with the proper nourishment to function properly and healthily. There are a few risk factors associated with retinal detachment, including: extreme myopia, or nearsightedness, having suffered a retinal detachment in the other eye, a family history of retinal detachments, previous cataract surgery, other eye disorders like uveitis, degenerative myopia, or lattice degeneration, and other eye traumas in the past. If any of these risk factors apply to you, you should be vigilant about your potential for having a retinal detachment. Some symptoms to be on the lookout for include: a sudden increase in floaters or light flashers in your vision, the sensation that you are looking through cobwebs, or a dark “curtain” coming over your field of vision. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or any changes to your vision at all, you should schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Capitol Hill as soon as possible so that we can get you the treatment you need and keep your eyes and vision safe.
If you would like to learn more about the many ways our eye doctor in Capitol Hill can be of service to you, we highly recommend that you visit the main The Retina Group of Washington website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can help you with in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly. You can reach us either by phone or online.