How do you know if you have a retinal tear?
Common symptoms of retinal tears include: Sudden onset of black spots or ‘floaters’ in your field of vision.
Photopsia (flashes of light) in one or both eyes.
Does a retinal tear always lead to detachment?
Treating a retinal tear Retinal tears don’t always cause symptoms, and fortunately, those that don’t are less likely to lead to retinal detachment. But when they do (as they may with PVDs), early treatment is important to prevent the development of a full-blown retinal detachment.
How long can retinal detachment go unnoticed?
McCluskey also warns that a retinal tear can progress within 24 hours, though it varies from patient to patient. Therefore, anyone experiencing sudden changes of vision should call their ophthalmologist immediately, even during a weekend.
Does a retinal tear hurt?
There’s no pain associated with retinal detachment, but there are usually symptoms before your retina becomes detached. Primary symptoms include: blurred vision. partial vision loss, which makes it seem as if a curtain has been pulled across your field of vision, with a dark shadowing effect.