Types of Retinal Detachment


Types of Retinal Detachment at Center for Sight serving Fall River, Massachusetts and greater Providence, Rhode Island

By Robert Kelly, M.D.

We find three main types of Retinal detachment at Center for Sight in Fall River. These include:

Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment occurs as a result of a break (usually a tear or hole) in the Retina that permits fluid to pass into the space underneath the Retina. Tears or holes in the Retina may actually occur without causing any symptoms to occur. Therefore, it is important that you have routine eye examinations, especially if you are nearsighted or myopic, or if you play contact sports and might be subjected to eye trauma, in order to rule out the presence of Retinal Breaks before they cause loss of vision. Furthermore, if you are nearsighted or myopic, you may be more prone to Peripheral Retinal Degenerations, of which Lattice Degeneration may also increase your risk of Retinal Detachment making regular eye examinations an even more important part of your routine health care. Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment is the most common type of Retinal Detachment.

Exudative Retinal Detachment may occur due to inflammation, injury or a Retinal Vascular Disease that causes fluid accumulation underneath the Retina without the presence of a Retinal Hole or Retinal Tear.

Tractional Retinal Detachment may occur when fibrous or fibrovascular scar tissue has been formed on the Retina as a result of an injury, inflammatory disease or the presence of neovascularization, such as in Diabetic Retinopathy.  The scar tissue actually pulls the Retina free from the underlying pigment layer it is normally attached to, causing a Retinal Detachment.

If you are experiencing ANY of these symptoms, it is necessary to immediately call Center for Sight and schedule an appointment AT ONCE in Fall River, Massachusetts by calling 508-730-2020.  Please tell the receptionist that you are having these symptoms so that you may be given an appointment without delay.

Center for Sight is conveniently located for patients in need of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of Retinal Detachment in Massachusetts or Rhode Island from Attleboro, Fairhaven, Fall River, Franklin, Mansfield, Marion, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Milford, New Bedford, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, Norton, Oxford, Rehoboth, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Walpole, Whitinsville, Woonsocket, Providence, Smithfield, Westport, Lakeville, Dighton, Little Compton, and Tiverton.