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Retinal Tear

When patients have suffered a retinal tear, which can happen at any age without any warning, the focus of the retina specialists at Minnesota Retina Associates is to provide prompt in-office medical treatment to prevent extension of the tear toward a full retinal detachment, which has serious visual consequences.

What is a retinal tear?

The retina is the thin lining of the back of the eye, which is light sensitive and generates vision. Almost all retinal detachments start from a small retinal tear. In either instance, the retina will not function if it separates from its blood supply. Retinal tears and detachments can occur suddenly. Symptoms include “floaters” in the eye, flashing lights, and a shadow on the side of the eye that may progress towards the center of vision.

When a retinal tear occurs, it is important to be treated promptly, to avoid the risk of vision loss from a retinal detachment. If a retinal tear is diagnosed promptly, before it progresses to retinal detachment, the prognosis is extremely good. We can treat retinal tears at our offices in Bloomington, Golden Valley, and Hutchinson.

Retinal Tear

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Retinal Detachment

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Retinal Tear / Retinal Detachment
*A retinal detachment may require a surgical referral. The symptoms may be similar to a tear.

What are the symptoms of retinal tears?

  • Sudden flashing lights
  • Sudden onset of black spots or “floaters” in the eye
  • Shadow on the side of the eye that may progress towards the center of vision.
  • Gray curtain covering part of the field of vision

What are the risk factors for retinal tears?

  • Aging
  • Nearsightedness
  • Eye surgery
  • Trauma

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How are Retinal Tears and Detachments Treated at MRA?

Retinal tears are typically treated in the office. Treatment is very effective and quite safe. Some retinal tears, specifically if localized, can be successfully treated with laser retinopexy. However, if laser is not successful, or is not an option, Minnesota Retina can handle your surgical referral.


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FAQ: Retinal Detachments and Retinal Tears

If severe enough, and left untreated, a retinal tear can cause vision loss and even permanent blindness. If you have any symptoms of a retinal detachment, we encourage you to call our office right way. The team at Minnesota Retina Associates can diagnose and treat tears quickly, improving vison outcomes and avoiding total vision loss.

A retinal tear is considered an emergency. Call the offices of Minnesota Retina Associates at 612-355-6510 right away if you expect you have a retinal tear or detachment.

You retina specialist will confirm the length of time you will need to recover from your retinal tear. Patients generally need two weeks or more for recovery. Patients can often resume some of their normal activities within a few days – as long as they avoid heavy lifting and other more strenuous activities.


Serving Our Community

Serving patients in Bloomington and Golden Valley areas.


Minnesota Retina Associates
9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 110
Bloomington, MN 55431

Golden Valley

Minnesota Retina Associates
8501 Golden Valley Rd., Suite 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427


Minnesota Retina Associates
1455 Montreal St SE
Hutchinson, MN 55350

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