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The Tale of a Torn Retina

by Caroline Cauchi, OD

Dr. Cauchi, of the trusted eye doctors in La Mesa CA recently had an eye exam with Dr. Peters, the other experienced optometrist at Vision Solutions. Dr. Peters discovered a tear in Dr. Cauchi’s retina and ended up saving her vision! Read on for the complete tale of a torn retina.

The Eye Exam Discovery

When patients come to Vision Solutions for an eye exam, we always go over the signs of a detaching retina, especially if you are at risk. A couple of weeks ago, I followed my own advice. I developed a very large bothersome floater in one of my eyes. Dr. Peters dilated my pupils and found I had a tear on my retina. After determining there was a tear in my retina,

My Experience with Laser Eye Surgery

I went to see my favorite retinal specialist for laser surgery. Fortunately, the recovery is quick and I was back seeing patients the following day after the surgery! I am now doing well and my vision was unaffected because the tear was in the very extreme side of my retina. Had Dr. Peters not found the tear it would have lead to a detached retina and some very unpleasant consequences…she saved me!

How to Prevent Problems with your Retina

The signs of a possible detached retina are flashes of light, increased floaters, a veil or curtain or shadow in your vision. If this happens to you, we recommend you wait 1 hour to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t go away, then you need to have an eye exam within 48 hours.

What causes holes and tears on the retina? Highly near sighted people are at risk due to retinal thinning. A blow to the head may jar the retina and knock it loose. Additionally, sometimes they can just occur, which is what happened to me. Even though the thought of laser eye surgery sounds horrible, it really wasn’t that bad because the recovery process is very fast and I had a great surgeon. If you have any questions or want to learn more about my experience, give us a call at (619) 461-4913.


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