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Seeing Stars Isn’t a Good Thing

POSTED ON February 22, 2013

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Everyone knows when cartoons start seeing stars after being hit upside the head by something. If you start seeing stars though, it might be time to rush to the emergency room. Detached retinas aren’t as funny as they seem in cartoons.  When the retina becomes separated from its supporting tissue it cannot function. Failure to reattach the retina could result in permanent vision loss. How can you get a detached retina? Just like in the cartoons, head or facial injuries can knock the retina away ...

Everyone knows when cartoons start seeing stars after being hit upside the head by something. If you start seeing stars though, it might be time to rush to the emergency room. Detached retinas aren’t as funny as they seem in cartoons.  When the retina becomes separated from its supporting tissue it cannot function. Failure to reattach the retina could result in permanent vision loss.

How can you get a detached retina? Just like in the cartoons, head or facial injuries can knock the retina away from its tissues. Additionally, high levels of nearsightedness are prone to detaching because they have longer eyeballs and thinner tissues.

How do you know if you have one? Stars and flashes of light are usually a tell-tale sign. Blurring vision and shadows crossing the eyes are other signs. According to AllAboutVision.com, 1 in 7 people with sudden flashes of light have a detached retina, and up to 50% of people with a retinal tear will develop a detached retina. Because there is no pain associated with the injury, immediate treatment is necessary. It also increases odds of regaining lost vision.

Dr Tavel has convenient evening and weekend hours for patients that suffer this kind of injury. If you can’t get to your Indianapolis optometrist in time, then it is important to go to the emergency room. Your trip could save your sight.

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