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RETINAL DETACHMENT

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye, i.e. when it detaches from the pigmented epithelium. When this happens, the images start to become blurred.

There may be three types of retinal detachment:

- Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment: occurs due to a tear in the retina that allows the vitreous to pass into the subretinal space;

- Exudative serous retinal detachment: occurs due to inflammation, injury, or other vascular changes that result in fluid accumulation under the retina;

- Tractional retinal detachment: occurs due to a pull between the retina and fibrous or fibrovascular tissue (results from inflammation or neovascularization), leading to detachment of the retina from the pigmented epithelium.

 

Some Risk Factors are:

- Aging (higher risk over the age of 40);

- Hypertension;

- Diabetic Retinopathy

- Glaucoma;

- Eye injury or trauma;

- High myopia;

- History of ocular surgery and retinal detachments;

- Smoking;

- Family history of retinal detachment.

 

A retinal detachment is painless, however, there may be previous signs and symptoms such as the appearance of floating objects in the field of vision (spots, hairs, spider webs or floaters), flashes of light (photopsias) and the appearance of a shadow, similar to a curtain, which increases and occupies the field of vision.

The diagnosis is made by observing the fundus of the eye, and it is necessary to dilate the pupils, using mydriatic eye drops, for a better visualization of the fundus.

 

The treatment will depend on the type of detachment, and can be:

- Laser photocoagulation (Cryopexy);

- Scleral identation;

- Retinopexy;

- Vitrectomy.

 

A retinal detachment needs urgent treatment. Delayed diagnosis and treatment may lead to irreversible vision loss.

It is extremely important to contact an eye doctor if you suspect you may have a retinal detachment.

CONTACTS

COIMBRA

Coimbra Medical Space
Rua Câmara Pestana, n.º 35-37
3030-163 Coimbra, Portugal

Phone: +351 239 484 348
(National fixed line call)

Mobile: +351 966 320 022
(Call to national fixed line network)

Fax: +351 239 481 487
(Call to a national landline network)

E-mail: emc@oftalmologia.co.pt

AVEIRO

Rufino Silva - Ophthalmologic Clinic

Lourenço Peixinho, Nº 177-179, 2nd floor
3800 - 167 - Aveiro

Phone: +351 234 382 847
(Calling to national mobile network)

Tlm.: +351 918 644 767
(Call to national mobile network)

E-mail: aveiro@oftalmologia.co.pt

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      Espaço Médico de Coimbra
      Rua Câmara Pestana, n.º 35-37
      3030-163 Coimbra, Portugal

      Phone: +351 239 484 348 /Telm: +351 966 320 022
      Fax: +351 239 481 487

      E-mail: emc@oftalmologia.co.pt

      AVEIRO

      Rufino Silva - Clínica Oftalmológica
      Av. Lourenço Peixinho, Nº 177-179, 2º andar
      3800 - 167 - Aveiro

      Phone: +351 234 382 847
      Mobile: +351 918 644 767

      E-mail: aveiro@oftalmologia.co.pt

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        COIMBRA

        Espaço Médico de Coimbra
        Rua Câmara Pestana, n.º 35-37
        3030-163 Coimbra, Portugal

        Phone: +351 239 484 348 /Telm: +351 966 320 022
        Fax: +351 239 481 487

        E-mail: emc@oftalmologia.co.pt

        AVEIRO

        Rufino Silva - Clínica Oftalmológica
        Av. Lourenço Peixinho, Nº 177-179, 2º andar
        3800 - 167 - Aveiro

        Phone: +351 234 382 847
        Mobile: +351 918 644 767

        E-mail: aveiro@oftalmologia.co.pt