Retinal Tears: description and symptoms
Retinal Tears: treatment
Retinal holes have a different pathogenesis – they are round atrophic defects in the retina that can occur without posterior vitreous detachment. They may occur in eyes with lattice degeneration, a thinning of the retina often associated with myopia. In the past they were usually treated, but this is becoming less common.
Symptomatic retinal tears should be seen by an ophthalmologist the same day, or otherwise the next morning. Please call urgently.
Please refer asymptomatic retinal tears picked up during routine optician examination semi-urgently (1-2 weeks).
Atrophic round holes picked up during a routine optician examination can usually be referred routinely.
Provide all patients with a retinal detachment warning, advising them to present immediately if they develop photopsia, floaters, or a visual field defect.