Your eye is filled with vitreous – a fluid or gel-like substance to help your eye keep its round shape. The normal aging process of the eye will find the vitreous shrinking and pulling away from the retina on inner walls of the eye. When this happens, the retina can tear. This may cause a patient to notice flashes or floaters, decreased vision, unexplained shadows in your line of vision.
Retinal tears are a serious problem as they can lead to internal bleeding in the eye or a detached retina. It is important to get a dilated eye exam as quickly as possible after symptoms start.
There are two types of treatments used for retinal tears: lasers or cryotherapy (freezing treatment). These treatments can be used independently of each other or together.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of a retinal tear, call us immediately for an appointment at 303-320-1777. We will work you into the schedule the same day.