In order to make a detached retina diagnosis, your doctor will ask you a number of questions about your medical history and will perform a comprehensive eye exam that includes dilation. An ultrasound of the eye may also be performed to get additional detail of the retina.
Treatment for a detached retina involves immediate surgery. The specific type of surgery the doctor recommends will depend on the type, size, and location. Left untreated, a detached retina can result in partial or complete vision loss in the affected eye.
Detached retina treatment can include:
- Laser surgery (laser photocoagulation)
- Scleral buckle
With modern treatment, more than 90 percent of those with a retinal detachment can be successfully treated. In some cases, however, a second detached retina surgery is needed. The visual outcome is not always predictable.
Other names that people use to describe this condition include:
- Retinal detachment
- Retinal tear.