• Can I keep my retinal tear from getting worse?


    Question:

    Today in my local eye hospital I was told that I had a small retinal tear. I was told if I start to see flashes in this eye that I must immediately contact my doctor or the hospital. I was so shocked that I did not ask any questions. Is there anything that I can do to prevent this from getting worse? I am 79 years old.


    Answer:

    If you have a small retinal tear and do not have any symptoms, it is most likely that this will remain asymptomatic and not require treatment. But please follow the advice of your doctor and call if you experience new floaters, (gray or dark spots moving in your vision) flashes (stationary or moving sparkles), a curtain covering the side of your vision or other changes in vision.


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