Retinal Tears and Detachment
This six-page illustrated handout educates people about retinal tears, holes, or detachment. It explains that the retina is the lining in the back of the inside of the eye that senses light and sends messages to the brain so a person can see. It lists signs of retinal tearing and detachment, and emphasizes that retinal detachment is a medical emergency for which an ophthalmologist should be seen right away. The document discusses treatment of small holes and tears with a laser beam or a freeze treatment called cryopexy, and identifies surgical options for retinal detachment as scleral buckling, vitrectomy, and pneumatic retinopexy.
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