Retinal Tear

A retina tear usually develop as a result of vitreous gel traction or tugging on the retina. The most common cause of a retinal tear is due a posterior vitreous separation , when the vitreous gel shrinks and pulls away from the retina as we age. A retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment and vision loss.

Retinal Consultants of Arizona – Retinal Tears & Detachments


Patients often describe a sudden onset of flashing lights like lightening and/or small, black floaters in their visual field. Some patients do not have any symptoms at all.


Because a retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment, they are often treated with laser photocoagulation or cryopexy. During this procedure, a scar is created around the tear to form a barricade and potentially prevent extension of the retinal tear or detachment. Some retinal tears do not require treatment. Your doctor will discuss which treatment, if any, is recommended if you have a retinal tear.

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