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ICD-10 code: H33

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Retinal Detachments and Breaks: What You Need to Know

Retinal detachments and breaks are serious eye conditions that can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. They occur when the retina, the thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that senses light, becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue.

There are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing a retinal detachment or break, including:

  1. Age: The risk increases as you get older.
  2. Previous eye surgery or injury: This can weaken the retina and make it more susceptible to detachment or break.
  3. Family history: If someone in your family has had a retinal detachment or break, you may be more likely to develop one.
  4. Extreme nearsightedness: If you are very nearsighted, you may be at higher risk.

Symptoms of a retinal detachment or break can include:

  • Flashes of light in your vision
  • New floaters in your vision
  • A shadow or curtain over part of your vision
  • A sudden decrease in vision

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Your eye doctor can perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you have a retinal detachment or break.

Treatment for retinal detachments and breaks typically involves surgery to reattach the retina to its supportive tissue. There are several types of surgery that may be used depending on the severity of the detachment or break. In some cases, laser surgery may be used to seal small tears or holes in the retina.

Prevention is key when it comes to retinal detachments and breaks. If you are at risk, it is important to have regular comprehensive eye exams to catch any problems early. You should also protect your eyes from injury by wearing protective eyewear when participating in sports or other activities that could cause eye trauma.

Retinal detachments and breaks are serious eye conditions that require prompt medical attention. With early diagnosis and treatment, however, most people are able to preserve their vision and prevent permanent vision loss.

Diagnosis Codes for Retinal detachments and breaks | H33

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