The retina is one of the most important parts of the eye. It turns light into nerve signals that travel to the brain and ultimately allow us to see. Should the retina be lifted or pulled from its normal position, it will become detached, which can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. While a retinal detachment can occur at any age, parents must recognize the signs that their child has suffered from one and needs to see an ophthalmologist immediately. It’s also important for moms and dads to tell their kids to alert them right away of any changes in their eyesight.
At the offices of The Retina Partners, our team of skilled professionals is trained in diagnosing and treating retinal detachments in people of all ages. We are a full-service practice that treats all aspects of eye care.
Pediatric retinal detachment (PRD) is an uncommon and challenging disease usually caused by inherited genetic abnormalities, trauma and past eye surgery. It differs from adult retinal detachments in its causes, management and prognosis. PRD can be particularly challenging due to its higher incidence of total retinal detachment instead of just a retinal tear; and it often affects both eyes.
Signs that your child may have PRD:
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If your child reports symptoms, call an ophthalmologist to make an immediate appointment. Regular eye exams can also flag early changes in your child’s eyes that can prevent future problems.
The Retina Partners is dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care for adults and children. For more information about our office, please don’t hesitate to call us today.