Detached Retina Eye Doctor

Detached Retina eye doctor in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Rexburg and St. Anthony.


Seeing a spot or a flash of light in your field of vision is more than an inconvenience. It could be the first signs of a detached retina. A retina becomes detached when separated from underlying layers of support tissue. Detached retinas will lead to a permanent loss of vision if they are not quickly corrected.

Detached Retina Symptoms

Once the retina pulls away from surrounding supportive tissue, spots, floaters, and flashes of light start appearing. Additional symptoms crop up as detachment worsens, including blurry vision or shadows descending over the eye. These symptoms can either occur gradually or suddenly depending on the speed of detachment.

No pain is associated with these symptoms. If they occur, it is important to visit your eye doctor immediately. They can diagnose if you are suffering from a detached retina and take steps to help you regain your vision before it becomes permanently lost.

Detached Retina Causes

Eye or facial injuries are common causes for detached retinas. Athletes who get struck in the face or poked in the eye are usually most at risk for this method of retinal detachment.

Detached retinas can also result in cases of extreme nearsightedness. Nearsighted people have longer eyeballs and thinner retinas that are more prone to tearing or detaching. Sometimes, fluid movement or new blood vessels growing under the retina can also pull it away from surrounding tissue.

Cataract surgery, eye tumors, and diseases, such diabetes and sickle cell disease, can all lead to detached retinas. In extremely rare cases, retinal detachment can develop as a complication following LASIK surgery.

Detached Retina Treatments

Surgery is the only option for repairing a detached retina. It must receive immediate attention from an ophthalmologist who has received training to perform this surgery. Surgical reattachment doesn't always work. Success depends on the location, cause, and extent of the detachment.

Surgical options for a detachment include:

  • Scleral Buckling Surgery – a small silicone or plastic band is attached to the outside of the eye. It compresses the eye inward and lets it reattach to the interior wall of the eye.
  • Vitrectomy – clear fluid is removed from the posterior chamber of the eye and replaced with clear silicone oil to push the retina back onto the supporting tissue.
  • Pneumatic Retinopexy – a small gas bubble is injected into the vitreous body to push the retina back onto the supporting tissue.
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    If you notice vision changes or are seeing spots or flashes of light in your field of vision, call your Summit Eyecare eye doctor to determine if you may be experiencing a detached retina.  

    Locations

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    Idaho Falls
    1689 Pancheri Dr. Idaho Falls, ID 83402
    Phone:208-529-4333
    Fax: 208-529-4366




    Idaho Falls
    3351 Merlin Dr. Idaho Falls, ID 83404
    Phone:208-522-5594
    Fax: 208-552-2240




    Pocatello
    301 S. 4th Ave C-2 Pocatello, ID 83201
    Phone:208-637-0841
    Fax: 208-237-6922




    St. Anthony
    45 West 1st North St. Anthony, ID 83445
    Phone:208-624-3231
    Fax: 208-624-3334




    Rexburg
    24 E Main St Rexburg, ID 83440
    Phone:208-356-0881
    Fax: 208-359-9680



    Hours of Operation

    Our Regular Schedule

    Idaho Falls - Pancheri

    Monday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Tuesday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Wednesday:

    7:00 am-7:00 pm

    Thursday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Friday:

    8:30 am-4:00 pm

    Saturday:

    By Appt.

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Idaho Falls - Merlin

    Monday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Tuesday:

    7:00 am-7:00 pm

    Wednesday:

    8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Thursday:

    8:30 am-7:00 pm

    Friday:

    8:30 am-4:00 pm

    Saturday:

    By Appt.

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Pocatello

    Monday:

    8:30 am-5:30 pm

    Tuesday:

    8:30 am-5:30 pm

    Wednesday:

    7:00 am-6:00 pm

    Thursday:

    8:30 am-7:00 pm

    Friday:

    8:00 am-2:00 pm

    Saturday:

    By Appt.

    Sunday:

    Closed

    St. Anthony

    Monday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Tuesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Wednesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Thursday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

    Friday:

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Saturday:

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Rexburg

    Monday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Tuesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Wednesday:

    9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Thursday:

    9:00 am-6:00 pm

    Friday:

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Saturday:

    Closed

    Sunday:

    Closed

    Testimonial

    Review From Our Satisfied Patient

    Experts in eye care, both Dr Birch and Dr Fleming are excellent in their profession and care for their patients. I would recommend both for yours and your family's eye care. Connie -

    Idaho Falls