Retinal Tears and Detachments

Retinal tears and detachments happen when the retina (the inner lining of the eye) is damaged. The retina is a layer of tissue that’s light-sensitive and sends visual information through the optic nerve to the brain. Without it, we are unable to see.

A retinal tear is a small break in this inner lining. Retinal tears can have many causes and can happen at any age. Aging, eye trauma, eye surgery, or being drastically nearsighted may cause retinal tears or detachments.

Treating Retinal Damage

Tears and detachments can be treated with laser surgery or an advanced “freezing” process. Both of these treatment options attempt to keep the retina in place and keep it from fully detaching. If tears are not treated quickly, this layer of tissue can eventually detach from the inside of the eye. Detachment causes permanent vision loss.

Retinal detachment describes a much larger separation of the retina tissues. Although it is not exclusive to older people, it’s more common in those over age 40. If detected early enough, retinal detachment can be treated with the procedures used for some tears. More intricate surgery may be necessary. This procedure uses gas to push the retina together with the wall of the eye to allow for reattachment.

Symptoms of Retinal Tears and Detachments

Symptoms of these retinal conditions may include seeing flashes or floaters, sudden blurry vision, and seeing an area of dark vision.

If you notice changes to your eyesight or have other questions regarding your eye health, please call us right away. Make sure to mention any changes to Dr. Lambaria during your appointment. Serious problems can develop if left untreated, or if too much time passes between eye exams.

We’re happy to schedule an exam time that is convenient for you, or to work you in as soon as possible, in case of an eye emergency.

We are thrilled to be open and able to provide service to our community! To follow the current mandates, we do have some new procedures for the office.

We are taking every precaution to protect your health and safety. We are ensuring our practice is a safe environment, so you have a comfortable and excellent experience. Below are the steps we are taking for your safety:

  • • Health screenings of employees and patients, including brief medical history and temperature before entering the office.
  • Practicing Social Distancing to reduce the risk of Coronavirus exposure.
  • • Wearing Personal Protection Equipment such as masks, face shields, and gloves, as necessary.
  • • Sanitizing all equipment and frames for every patient.
  • • Providing no-touch hand sanitizer stations in the office.
  • • Reduced the number of patients seen per day.

When you arrive at our office:

  • Call us at 810-658-2020.

  • We will either:

    • Instruct you to come through the sliding doors and meet a team member in the vestibule for your screening and take a no-touch temperature.
    • Ask what color and kind of car you have and let you know that when we are ready, we will come out and wave you in to do your screening and no-touch temperature check.

All people entering our office must:

  • Wear a mask that completely covers their nose, mouth, and chin.

  • Only the patient being seen for an exam or needing to pick up materials or have an adjustment will be permitted in the office. If it is a minor or an adult that needs a care provider, 1 adult is permitted to come in with them.

Curbside services provided for:

  • Picking up glasses or contacts

  • Glasses adjustments

  • Glasses repairs

Your health and safety are our Number 1 priority. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will do our best to address them.