Symptoms of a Retinal Tear

Retinal Tear Symptoms - London, UK - Eye Floaters

Apr 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by csbailey
Tagged with: Retinal Diseases | Eye Care |

Illustration of a retina affected by a retinal tearAt the eye care practice of Mr Steven Bailey, we provide treatment for the full range of conditions that affect a person’s vision and ocular health. While visual abnormalities such as eye floaters and flashes can be relatively innocuous, they can also be symptoms of retinal tears. Mr Bailey highly encourages people to take any unusual visual symptoms seriously and to seek diagnosis and treatment immediately. As with most other conditions, diseases and disorders of the eye are easiest to treat when they are caught in their earliest stages, so timely diagnosis is extremely important.

Mr Bailey discusses retinal tear symptoms during consultations with patients during consultations at his London, UK eye care practice. Recognising the symptoms of eye conditions is essential to knowing when to seek treatment. This is one of the reasons that Mr Bailey places such emphasis on patient education at his eye care centre.

We invite you to read the following information about retinal tear symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule a consultation with Mr Steven Bailey at our state-of-the-art eye care centre today.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Retinal Tears?

It is important to note that retinal tears do not cause pain, and the symptoms are often quite subtle. Therefore, it is important that you be aware of the symptoms of retinal tears, especially if one or more of the following risk factors apply to you:

  • You are at least 50 years of age
  • You have extreme myopia, or nearsightedness
  • Retinal detachment runs in your family
  • You have undergone cataract surgery
  • You previous had retinal detachment in one eye

The most common symptoms of retinal tears include:

  • A sudden and significant increase in the number of floaters, the irregularly shaped specks that appear to drift across your field of vision, especially if they are larger in size than normal.
  • A sudden appearance of flashes of light, especially if they are more frequent and intense than usual.
  • A decrease in your peripheral vision. This will generally manifest itself as the appearance of a shadow in the corners of your vision.
  • The appearance of a curtain-like shadow that moves across your field of vision.
  • Generally poorer vision.

Again, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is essential that you seek diagnosis immediately. Although relatively rare, retinal tears can lead to retinal detachment, which in turn can lead to permanent vision loss. Especially if you are experiencing decreases in your peripheral vision or shadows in your field of vision, it is imperative that you seek treatment, as this could indicate that retinal detachment has already occurred or is imminent. By seeking diagnosis now, Mr Bailey can provide you with the most effective treatment plan available, helping to ensure that you maintain good vision and ocular health.

Learn More about Retinal Tear Symptoms

To learn more about retinal tear symptoms, or to schedule your initial consultation with Mr Steven Bailey, please contact our eye care centre today.