Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania is the leading full-service ophthalmic and ophthalmology practice in Reading, PA. Our physicians have extensive experience in retinal detachment surgery. They will evaluate your symptoms and consult with you about the latest state-of-the-art technology and treatments for retinal tears and detached retinas.
Barry C. Malloy, MD is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and was fellowship-trained at the Washington Hospital Center after earning his medical degree the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Dr. Malloy and Dr. Cusick have vast experience in the most current treatments of retinal disorders, including macular degeneration, macular edema, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and other complex retinal conditions.
What is a Detached Retina?
The retina is located in the back of the eye and works somewhat like film in a camera, sending messages to the brain about what we see.
When the retina is very thin or becomes damaged, fluid may cause all or part of it to separate or “detach” from the tissue at the back of the eye. The detached part of the retina can no longer accurately transmit light signals to the brain, and vision becomes blurred. In most cases, a detached retina occurs only in one eye.
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. Although it is a treatable condition, it must be taken care of immediately, or it can cause vision loss and, in the worst cases, blindness.
The symptoms of a detached retina include:
- Large increase of eye floaters in your field of vision
- Sudden, brief flashes of light in the eye
- Sudden onset of blurry vision
- Shadows or blind spots in your peripheral vision
Retinal Detachment Surgery
Based on the severity of your retinal detachment, there are several different procedures that can be done to place the retina back in its proper position. Most retinal detachments can be repaired with one of the following procedures:
- Scleral buckle surgery: A silicone “buckle” (tiny bands of silicone rubber) can be sutured to the white of the eye (sclera). This indents the wall of the eye into a position that allows the retina to reattach.
- Pneumatic retinopexy: A tiny bubble of gas is placed in the eye to push the retina back into place. This is often accompanied by laser surgery to ensure that the retina stays in the right position permanently.
- Vitrectomy: Vitreous gel can be removed and a gas bubble can be injected to push the retina back against the wall of the eye and hold it in position.
It is important to act quickly. The longer you wait, the lower the chances that good vision will be restored.
For retinal detachment surgery in Reading, PA and the surrounding area, get in touch with Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania to schedule an evaluation. We have four convenient locations in Wyomissing, Pottsville, Pottstown and Blandon and can help you preserve your vision.