Retinal Detachment: The Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions

The retina is a light-sensitive layer of tissue lining the back wall of the inside of the eye.  This important part of the optical system is responsible for translating images into neural impulses, which are then transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve.  Much like the basic mechanics of a camera; the eye, or lens, focuses light onto the retina, or film.  A retinal detachment is an eye disorder in which the retina becomes pulled or lifted from its normal position.  Like a camera without film, an eye with a detached retina can lead to vision loss and possible blindness.

A retinal detachment can occur to anyone at any age, but is more common in people over the age of 40.  Other risk factors include extreme nearsightedness, family history of disorder, cataract surgery, and eye injuries.  Symptoms of retinal detachment are a medical emergency and should prompt an immediate visit to an ophthalmologist.  If you experience a sudden or gradual increase in floaters and/or light flashes in your visual field, do not hesitate to call your doctor.  Treatment for retinal detachment usually involves surgical techniques to reattach the retina with a series of tiny burns or “welds”.  With modern therapy over 90 percent of patients are successfully treated, although the visual outcome is not always predictable.

For patients with visual loss and a cosmetically blemished eye due to a detached retina there is a solution.  At Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. our team of board certified ocularists fit and fabricate a custom cosmetic scleral shell or soft contact lens to restore your natural appearance.  These thin ocular prosthesis will fit over the existing blemished eye, replacing the need for further surgery.
To speak with an ocularist today about cosmetic restoration with a scleral shell or soft contact lens, please contact one of our five greater Los Angeles office locations.  During your initial consultation, your ocularist will determine which prosthesis will best suit your individual needs.  Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. office staff is also fully equipped to determine your insurance coverage for prosthetic eye services.  We look forward to serving you.