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Retinal Round Hole


What is a retinal round hole?

A retinal round hole is a tear or break in your retina. The retina is the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of your eye. It captures light and sends messages to the brain. A healthy retina is needed to help you see clearly.

Eye Anatomy

What increases my risk for a retinal round hole?

  • Age older than 60
  • Trouble seeing far away (nearsightedness)
  • Eye surgery, such as cataract removal
  • An eye injury or infection
  • A connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome

What are the symptoms of a retinal round hole?

You may not have symptoms of a retinal round hole or you may have the following:

  • Seeing floaters, such as spots, cobwebs, strings, or specks
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble seeing colors, depth, or detail

How is a retinal round hole diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will examine your eye. The provider may test your vision by asking you to read letters off a chart. A retinal hole usually heals on its own without treatment. You may need surgery to repair the hole if it does not heal.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • You have a sudden change in your vision or loss of vision.
  • You have eye pain.
  • You see more floaters or flashes of light than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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