Retinal Break

What causes a retinal break?

A retinal break occurs when the vitreous (the gel filling your eye) pulls your retina (the light-sensitive film on the back of eye). Symptoms can include seeing floaters and/or flashes of light.

Is treatment for a retinal break needed?

Usually, treatment to seal a retinal break is recommended to help prevent a retinal detachment (i.e. separation of the retina from its overlying cover) and not to eliminate the symptoms. Laser treatment or freezing treatment, with the appropriate anesthesia, is used. The size, site, and type of retinal break determine the choice.

What are the expected symptoms after treatment of a retinal break?

The laser or freezing treatment does not eliminate the flashes and floaters, which may be present for weeks or months in the future. If you notice many new floaters or a dark curtain coming across your vision, a new break or a retinal detachment might be present and the eye should be examined again.

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