Conditions and Disorders


While retinal detachment is a relatively rare condition, it is common to result in permanent vision problems, including blindness, if left untreated. Because of this, everyone must know what can cause retinal detachment and what to do if you or a loved one have this condition. Read below to discover how Slingsby and Huot Eye Care Associates in Rapid City, SD, can assist you. 

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What Is a Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment is a medical condition in which the thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye, called the retina, separates from its normal position. The detachment is painless, because there are no pain-sensing nerves in this part of the eye. Patients must know the symptoms of retinal detachment. They will also notice decreased peripheral vision and a haze or dark curtain settling over their field of vision. This separation of the retinal cells from the layer of blood vessels that provides nourishment can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.

What to Do if Your Retina Detaches

When you or a loved one notices the signs of retinal detachment, it is crucial to call our office immediately. Based on your description of your vision issues, it may be necessary to schedule an emergency eye surgery appointment. Delaying a diagnosis of this condition can lead to permanent blindness. 

Eye Exam

Although some other conditions can cause these symptoms, the only way to truly know if a patient is dealing with retinal detachment is to perform a retinal scan. This scan is non-invasive, and no part of the machine used to perform the retinal scan will touch the eye. Instead, the machine uses focused light to give the eye doctor a picture of the retina and surrounding tissue.

Based on this exam, the doctor may perform eye surgery immediately. In the case of retinal detachments, this is often necessary to prevent further damage to the eye. Delaying the surgery can cause permanent blindness.

Visit Slingsby and Huot Eye Care Associates

If you believe you or a loved one in Rapid City, Pierre, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, or SD Chadron, NE, is suffering from a retina detachment, call Slingsby and Huot Eye Care Associates immediately. Any delay could result in permanent vision loss, so call (605) 719-9499.

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