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Retinal Tear

Retinal Tear

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What are retinal tears?

Retinal tears occur when a portion of the retina separates from the outer layer of the eye.

A retina tear is a serious condition that demands immediate medical attention. If not treated promptly, retinal tears may lead to retinal detachment and possible partial or complete loss of vision.


What causes retinal tears?

When we are younger, the vitreous of our eyes has a gel-like consistency. As we age, the vitreous begins to degenerate. Retinal tears occur when the vitreous changes and exerts an abnormal pull on the retina.


What are the symptoms of retinal tears?

Retinal tears are generally painless. However, some symptoms include:
– Decreased vision
– A sudden increase in the number of floaters in the eye


Am I at risk of retinal tears?

Factors that may lead to a higher incidence of retinal tears include:
– High degrees of myopia
– Having had cataract surgery


What is the treatment for retinal tears?

Retinal tear needs to be treated urgently as it may lead to retinal detachment. The doctor will apply a few rounds of laser around the tear to seal it. If you suspect that you have a retinal tear, please make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately.