What Is A Torn And Detached Retina?

A detached retina is serious, and left untreated can result in blindness.

The retina sends visual images to the brain through the optic nerve. Located in the back of the eye, a detached retina occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position or tears. When detachment occurs, vision is blurred. If left untreated, a torn or detached retina leads to blindness. Almost all patients with torn or detached retinas must have surgery to restore the retina back to its normal position.

What Causes A Torn And Detached Retina?

Eye diseases, like glaucoma or cataracts, family history of eye disorders, or severe trauma from car accidents cause the retina to detach.

The eye itself is a delicate organ.  There is a clear collagen gel called vitreous that fills the eyes between the retina and the lens. The gel pulls away from the retina as people age or through force. Once that happens a tear occurs that can lead to the detachment of the retina.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Torn And Detached Retina?

Visual loss and disturbances are the symptoms of a torn and detached retina. Floaters, flashing lights, or gray curtain or veil moving across the field of vision are experienced by people with torn or detached retinas.

How Is A Torn And Detached Retina Diagnosed?

Torn and detached retinas are visible with a retinal examination and ultrasound imaging. An ophthalmologist, an eye doctor, examines the retina and is able to see the tear or detachment with diagnostic tests.

How Is A Torn And Detached Retina Treated?

A retinal tear or a detached retina is repaired with a surgical procedure that involves a laser or cryotherapy, a freezing treatment. Torn and detached retinas are repaired with surgical procedures. The retina is sealed to the back wall of the eye with laser surgery or cryotherapy, a freezing treatment. Performed in an ophthalmologist’s office, the retina is sealed to the back wall of the eye with heat or laser photocoagulation procedure or freezing probe. The heat or freezing action creates a seal that connects the retina to the underlying tissue. (Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Compensation For A Torn And Detached Retina

If you have experienced a retinal tear or detached retina after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your retina. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

Did you suffer a torn retina or other eye injury in an accident? Our Boston area car accident and personal injury claims attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. No-obligation. No fee if no recovery.

If you or a loved one experienced a torn or detached retina or any other type of eye injury after blunt trauma accident because of someone else’s negligence and would like to discuss your legal options, contact an experienced Boston Personal Injury Lawyer today for a free consultation. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan has a proven track record with over 35 years of legal experience representing accident victims who have suffered serious injuries in southeastern Massachusetts.

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