Retinal Detachment Follow-up

Updated: Sep 28, 2017
  • Author: Hemang K Pandya, MD; Chief Editor: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE  more...
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Follow-up

Further Inpatient Care

Immediate ophthalmologic referral is mandatory for patients with retinal detachment.

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Transfer

Emergent transfer to a facility with an available retina specialist is rarely indicated, as majority of cases can be evaluated within 24 hours. In some cases, transfer to a facility with an available ophthalmologist or retinal specialist is in the patient's best interest after initial ophthalmologic evaluation. Make these decisions in accordance with the patient's wishes and the direction of the ophthalmology consultant.

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Complications

Loss of vision to hand motion or light perception is a frequent complication of retinal detachments that involve the macula.

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Prognosis

As the retina is neuro-sensitive tissue, visual prognosis can be difficult to predict. Generally, a retinal detachment without macular involvement tends to have a better final visual prognosis.

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