Retinal Detachment Specialist

University Retina

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in Oak Forest, IL & Bedford Park, IL

Do you have spots, floaters, or flashes of light that disturb your vision? These can indicate a severe problem with your retina that may permanently affect your eyesight. To learn whether retinal detachment repair can help, visit University Retina at one of their locations in Oak Forest, Bedford Park, Lemont, or Downers Grove, Illinois. Their team of board-certified ophthalmologists and retina specialists can restore your vision and ensure the long-term health of your eyes. Call to book a consultation or schedule a visit online today.

Retinal Detachment Q & A

What is retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina, a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye, becomes detached from the eye structure. As a result, it stops receiving oxygen, which can cause a wide range of symptoms that interfere with normal vision. In the most severe cases, retinal detachment can result in blindness.

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Most people don’t experience any pain with retinal detachment, but they are likely to notice other disturbing symptoms, including:

  • Floaters: small, dark spots or specks that drift in and out of your field of vision
  • Flashes: sudden bright spots of light; usually seen out of the corners of the eye
  • Blurry vision: loss of normal vision or reduced peripheral vision; a sense that a shadow or curtain is covering your vision field

Symptoms may come and go, and they may be more noticeable in certain conditions. Flashes, for example, may be more recognizable at night.

How does retinal detachment repair work?

It’s vital to reattach the retina as soon as possible to protect your vision. There are several ways to achieve this, and the type of procedure you need depends on your situation. Your physician might recommend:

  • Cryotherapy: for small retina tears; a freezing technique that prevents further damage to the retina
  • Pneumatic retinopexy: a technique that uses a gas bubble to press the retina back into place
  • Scleral buckle: a flexible band is placed around the eye to drain excess fluid and help the retina return to a normal position
  • Vitrectomy: a procedure that removes part of the eye’s vitreous fluid  

What results can I expect with retinal detachment repair?

In most cases, your physician can reattach the retina in one procedure, though some people need multiple appointments to ensure success. Either way, it’s essential to address a detached retina as soon as possible.

To request a consultation about retinal detachment repair at University Retina, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.