Review of Optometry: Can We Pre-empt Damage from Retinal Detachment?

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The frequency of retinal detachments (RD) is estimated to be approximately one per 10,000 people per year.1 The most common risk factors include myopia (especially high myopia), aphakia, trauma, retinal detachment in the fellow eye and a family history of retinal detachment. In addition, a variety of peripheral retinal abnormalities are associated with an increased risk of a retinal detachment. While you cannot lower a person’s absolute risk of developing a retinal detachment, by prioritizing patient education on RD signs and symptoms, your patients will know to call your office as soon as symptoms present. Seeing these patients early is imperative, as early intervention has a better chance of limiting visual loss from RD.  Read More