The simple appearance of floaters within someones vision, may herald the onset of retinal detachment a week or two later.
The commonest reason for detached retina is secondary to a retinal tear. This is termed Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment. It is important that people who have symptoms of posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) are checked for retinal tears, since about 1 in 20 of people with PVD may develop detachment within a few weeks. If tears are identified early they can be treated with laser to prevent detachment.
Which of the following patients require a retinal check for tears?
- A patient who developed floaters in his left eye 6 months ago?
- A patient who developed floaters in his left eye 3 weeks ago?
- A patient who developed floaters in his left eye yesterday?
- A patient who had 30 minutes of flashing lights during a meeting at lunchtime?
- A patient who last night experienced flashes of light when they switched off the lights to get into bed?
- A patient who developed a floater 3 weeks ago and was examined in the local eye department, who now has more floaters?