Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition that is often associated with poorly controlled diabetes, injury, or inflammatory disorders of the eye. Retinal detachment occurs when the retinal layer (the cells that line the back of the eye) pulls away from the supporting tissue that provides it with oxygen and nourishment. Dr. Sean C. Lalin, a highly trained retinal specialist, provides advanced retinal detachment treatment at our Morristown practice serving Phillipsburg and Hackettstown. If you are experiencing retinal detachment symptoms, which include flashes of light at the outer edge of your vision, or a shadowy image moving from your peripheral to central field of vision, it is extremely important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Contact our office today to request an appointment.
The Importance of Retinal Health
The retina converts light into neural signals that are sent to the brain, allowing us to perceive images. When the retina becomes detached from underlying blood vessels, there is a risk of permanent vision loss. The serious complication should be treated as a medical emergency.
Advanced Retinal Detachment Treatment and Therapy
If your symptoms are consistent with retinal detachment, or a retinal tear or hole, Dr. Lalin may use an ophthalmoscope to examine the inside of your eyes. He may also use ultrasonography, which uses sound waves to create a detailed image of the inner structures of the eye. Depending on your condition and health history, he may recommend:
- Scleral Buckling: During this procedure, your doctor will sew a small piece of rubber or sponge to the sclera, or white of the eye. This indents the wall of the eye, and can effectively relieve pressure on the retina.
- Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy involves the application of a freezing probe to the surface of the eye, which freezes the area around the retinal hole. In the weeks following the procedure, the bonds securing the retina will naturally strengthen.
- Vitrectomy: During a vitrectomy, the fluid inside the eye (vitreous) is drained and replaced. Replacing the vitreous with air, gas, or liquid can allow the retina to reattach itself.
- Photocoagulation: During this laser surgery, a highly precise beam is directed at the retinal tear, creating a scar that secures the retina to the underlying tissue.
- Pneumatic Retinopexy: To seal a retinal tear, Dr. Lalin may inject a bubble of air or gas into the vitreous. The patient's head is placed at an angle that directs the bubble to the detached area of the retina, causing the retina to flatten. Finally, photocoagulation or cryotherapy is used to seal the tear. The bubble is eventually absorbed by the body.
Surgery does not always successfully treat retinal detachment, and early detection is one of the best defenses. If you believe you may be suffering from retinal detachment, act quickly to protect your vision.
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Dr. Lalin combines vast experience with a genuine dedication to improving our patients' quality of life. If you have been diagnosed with a condition that can affect the retina, or if you are experiencing symptoms of retinal complications, contact us today.