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Retinal detachment

Also known as Detached Retina

Retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. Initial detachment may be localized, but without rapid treatment the entire retina may detach, leading to vision loss and blindness. It is a medical emergency.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with retinal detachment, 66% report having spots or clouds in vision, 64% report having diminished vision, and 39% report having blindness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of retinal detachment are spots or clouds in vision, diminished vision, blindness, symptoms of eye, eye burns or stings, cloudy eye, abnormal movement of eyelid, and bleeding from eye, although you may still have retinal detachment without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with retinal detachment often receive ophthalmic examination and evaluation, repair of retinal tear; detachment, other therapeutic procedures on eyelids; conjunctiva; cornea, excision, other intraocular therapeutic procedures, ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, wound care management and other extraocular muscle and orbit therapeutic procedures .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with retinal detachment include tropicamide ophthalmic, phenylephrine (duramax), prednisolone ophthalmic, atropine (uaa), benoxinate-fluorescein ophthalmic, cyclopentolate ophthalmic, timolol, homatropine ophthalmic, proparacaine ophthalmic, latanoprost, bevacizumab (avastin), brimonidine ophthalmic and gentamicin ophthalmic .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for retinal detachment include age 60-74 years age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years almost never get retinal detachment.

Age

< 1 years
0.2x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.4x
15-29 years
0.3x
30-44 years
0.7x
45-59 years
1.6x
60-74 years
2.2x
75+ years
1.2x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.1x
Other
1.0x
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