Since this is my last blog on eye health, I wanted to talk about a condition called a detached retina. It is a medical emergency and must be treated with conventional methods only.
Detached retinas are not painful, so many people may have symptoms and not follow up with their ophthalmologist in a timely manner. The symptoms are floaters, small spots that show up in your visual fields and obstruct vision, sudden flashes of light that appear in your visual field, a curtain that appears over your visual field, or sudden blurry vision.
Causes of detached retina are trauma to the eye or head, advanced diabetes, certain inflammatory disorders or autoimmunity disorders. The retina is the area found in the back of the eye, fed through the blood vessels of the eye. When the area has tears and leaks occur, the retina can get farther away from the blood vessels and the nutrient and oxygen supply. As a result, sight is lost from the cell deaths. The earlier the problem is detected the better the outcome for preserving sight. If the problem is detected in later stages, loss of sight might be permanent.
It is important to have regular check ups with the ophthalmologist, where he or she looks into the eye to make sure the retina and blood vessels are healthy. In cases where there is a tear, the most effective treatment is surgery. There are good outcomes especially if the treatment can be made at the stage of tear or a hole, before detachment has actually occurred. If the cause of retinal detachment is due trauma, I do not have naturopathic options to suggest for you. If it is secondary to an disease process like diabetes or sarcoidosis then managing the disease is the best prevention possible.
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“Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Daemon Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.