Retinal Detachment

İzmir Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital

Retinal detachment is  an emergency situation in which the retina at the back of the eye is detached from its normal position. As retinal detachment cannot heal itself patients need to be operated as soon as possible. The longer retinal detachment goes untreated, the greater your risk of permanent vision loss in the affected eye.

Retinal detachment itself is painless. But warning signs almost always appear before it occurs or has advanced, such as:

  • The sudden appearance of many floaters 
  • Flashes of light in one or both eyes (photopsia)
  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced side  vision
  • Dark area over your visual field


Retinal detachment is diagnosed by the eye doctor who uses an ophthalmoscope to look in the back of the eye. Sometime retinal detachment is hidden by blood in the vitreus cavity then ultrasound examination aids the diagnosis.


Retinal detachment always starts with a tear in the retina, if the patient comes to the doctor at this stage laser photocoagulation or cryopexy may prevent further separation of the retina. After the retina is detached the only option is surgical. There two options: conventional retinal detachment surgery and vitrectomy. You doctor will decide on the technique to be utilized.

At Kaşkaloğlu Eye Hospital we have Prof. Tansu Erakgün and Prof. Erkin Kır who are specialists in this type of treatments.