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Diagnosing a Detached Retina

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 Options

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)
  • Cryopexy
  • Scleral buckle
  • Vitrectomy
  • Pneumopexy.
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 for a Detached Retina

Other names that people use to describe this condition include:
  • Retinal detachment
  • Retinal tear.
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