Retinal Tear, Tampa RetinaApril 18, 2024
What is a Retinal Tear?

What is a Retinal Tear?

  • A retinal tear is a break in the retinal layer whereby fluid can enter and detach the retina from the underlying tissue.
  • The retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye. The retina converts light into electrical signals that are sent to the brain which then produces the image.

How does a retinal tear occur?

  • A retinal tear can occur when the gel-like substance that fills the inside of the eye (‘vitreous gel’) shrinks and separates from the retinal layers.
  • As the vitreous gel-like substance separates from the retina, it could tug on the retina resulting in a tear.

While a retinal tear does not cause any pain, it can lead to significant vision loss from a retinal detachment.

Key Takeaways

  • A retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment and potentially permanent vision loss.
  • Act fast – see an eye doctor immediately if you suspect a retinal tear.
  • Early detection and treatment of a retinal tear can prevent a detachment and safeguard your vision.

The doctors at Retina Associates of Florida provide the latest diagnostic and treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in their Tampa, Brandon and Lakeland offices.

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