In most cases, a torn retina or retinal detachment will need to be surgically repaired by sealing the back wall of the eye to the retina with either laser surgery or a type of freezing treatment called cryotherapy. Both procedures create a scar to help the retina seal itself to the back of the eye wall, preventing fluid from traveling under the retina through the tear. For the most part, patients tolerate these procedures well. However, it is crucial to note there can be some side effects, and there are also some painful and serious issues a torn retina can still cause prior to the surgery.
Retinal detachment might sound like a condition in which the affected individual experiences excruciating eye pain; however, in many cases, there might be no direct eye pain or no symptoms at all, which makes it hard to detect a tear. In some cases, retinal detachment may cause pain or headaches. Pain may be felt deep in the eye area where the damage is located or may present itself in the form of a headache behind the eyes. Pain is the first indication something is wrong, and treatment should follow if it persists for longer than a few days. Eye pain is particularly concerning if treatment does not occur in a timely manner, making prompt diagnosis and action even more crucial.