Retinal Tears

LASER retinopexy

The retina is a layer of nerve tissue that lines the inside of your eye. It consists of light sensitive cells that send signals to your brain and allow for you to see. The retina is very thin, and a tear in it is a very serious and potentially blinding problem. If you develop a retinal tear, it can allow for fluid to enter beneath the retina and cause a retinal detachment.

Common symptoms of a retinal tear include the sensation of flashes of light in the eye and floaters. Sometimes a retinal tear can be associated with bleeding into the eye leading to hundreds of new floaters and/or a loss in vision if blood fills the eye.

Our eye is filled with a gel-like substance called the vitreous. As we get older this gel breaks down and becomes more liquefied. Eventually, usually after the age of 60, this process of liquefaction causes the gel to separate from the back of the eye. This event is called a posterior vitreous detachment (or PVD).