Retinal Detachment

Are you experiencing sudden flashes of light or seeing dark spots? This could be a sign of an eye emergency known as retinal detachment.

Retinal detachment may not initially cause pain or vision loss, but it can lead to blindness if left untreated.

Monterey County Eye Associates in Monterey, Salinas, and King City, CA, can treat retinal tears and detachment before you lose your vision.

A Closer Look At Retinal Detachment

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Understanding Retinal Detachment: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

Retinal detachment occurs when your retina pulls away from its usual position and separates itself from the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nourishment. The longer this condition goes without proper treatment, the higher your risk of blindness. Contact our Monterey, CA, practice to get treatment from Dr. Del Piero, our retina specialist. We have ophthalmology offices in Monterey, Salinas, and King City

Retinal Detachment  Is a Medical Emergency

If you experience flashes, floaters, or dark spots in your vision, it's crucial that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The fastest way to get in touch is by calling us. We have offices in Monterey, Salinas, and King City.

What Causes Retinal Detachment? Comparing the Types of the Condition


The most common type of retinal detachment, rhegmatogenous detachment, is caused by the vitreous gel in the eye getting behind a tear in the retina and pushing the retina until it detaches.


Tractional detachment is when retinal scar tissue pulls away from the back of the eye. This form of detachment is common among people who've had type 1 or type 2 diabetes for many years.


Exudative detachment occurs when fluid accumulates behind the retina and pushes it free without a tear in the retina. This may be the result of eye trauma, inflammation, or advanced age.

Delaying Treatment Could Cause Vision Loss Contact Our Monterey County Practice Today

Your vision is too important to delay retinal treatment. Our experienced staff is here to help you through the entire process. Depending on your needs, our compassionate team serving Monterey County can schedule you an emergency appointment and Dr. Del Piero can provide you with immediate care to prevent any permanent changes in your vision. 

If you are showing any signs or symptoms of retinal detachment, contact our Monterey, CA, practice immediately. 

(831) 424-1150

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We have offices in Monterey, King City, and Salinas to serve you.

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Steve Ricks

Monterey, CA


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The practice is efficient, modern and convenient. Staff are helpful, concerned and professional. Dr. Rosenblum is very patient, knowledgeable and thorough. I highly recommend the practice for quality eye care.

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Jed Leonard

Monterey, CA


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Very efficient office and I was welcomed as a new patient. Dr. Husted was excellent and addressed my concerns and answered every question.

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Meet Our Retina Specialist Eric J. Del Piero, MD

Dr. Del Piero is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been in practice for more than 30 years. He is a fellowship-trained retina and vitreous specialist who stays up to date on all the technological and surgical advancements in ophthalmology. He was named Monterey County Physician of the year in 2006 and 2007 by his peers. 

Dr. Del Piero can diagnose and treat your retinal detachment, retinal tear, or retinal disease before it leads to permanent vision loss. When you choose Monterey County Eye Associates, you are choosing top-quality care for your vision from a seasoned, respected professional.

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Are You a High-Risk Patient? Call Our Monterey Practice Today

If you are at an increased risk of retinal detachment due to previous cataract surgery, family history, a high-risk eye condition, or another factor, and are not currently under an eye doctor's care, contact our Monterey practice. Our caring and experienced team can monitor your ocular health during routine exams, and we will be able to get you in quickly and act effectively to preserve your eyesight if you suffer retinal detachment. We have offices in Salinas, King City, and Monterey.

An emergency situation requires the care of a trained and experienced ophthalmology team. Contact our Monterey, CA, office at the first sign of symptoms:

(831) 424-1150

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Protecting Vision for a Lifetime


Tom Peck

Monterey, CA


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Was treated courteously by staff and thoughtfully by Patrick and, of course, Dr. Shi. My cataract surgery went well and I will be returning to pick up my new Rx. I'll recommend the Eye Center any chance I get.

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Pat Dally

Monterey, CA


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With wide-angle glaucoma after laser surgery for narrow angle I'm still able to read music at 5 months shy of 90 years of age ....without glasses. Thanks to Dr. Rosenblum!

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Insurance Covers  Retinal Detachment Treatment


Retinal detachment is a serious emergency that can cause irreversible blindness if left untreated. Do not let concerns about cost lead you to neglect your sight. As treatment is considered medically necessary, your insurance will cover your care. We maintain flexibility in all financial matters so our patients can get the treatment they need.

Diagnosing Retinal Detachment What To Expect

Both your eyes will be examined even if you are only experiencing symptoms in one eye. 

If retinal detachment is detected, it will be treated immediately.
If retinal detachment is detected, it will be treated immediately.


Dr. Del Piero will use special eye drops to make your pupils dilate, which will make it easier to examine the inner structures of your eye.


Dr. Del Piero will use a bright light and a special lens to examine the back of your eye. This will allow him to see any retinal tears or detachments.


This test is usually only used if bleeding has happened within the eye, making it difficult to see the retina with just a lens and light.

The Treatments Our Monterey County Practice Offers For Retinal Detachment

Our Monterey County practice offers several options for retinal detachment treatment. Depending on the severity, Dr. Del Piero will provide one of these treatments:


Photocoagulation uses a highly precise laser to create scar tissue on the retina. This scar tissue acts like surgical staples that can seal retinal tears and reattach the patient's retina in its proper position.


Cryopexy uses similar principles as photocoagulation, but, rather than a laser, intense cold from a freezing probe is used to repair the torn retina. The probe is held against the wall of the patient's eye, next to the retinal detachment or tear. This freezing probe creates scar tissue that can hold the retina in place and seal retinal tears. The probe may have to be used in several different places depending on the severity of the tears.

Pneumatic Retinopexy

Pneumatic retinopexy uses an air or gas bubble that is injected into the vitreous to push the detached retina back into position. As the gas bubble expands, it pushes against the detached retina and forces it to the back of the eye, causing the retina to flatten. The gas bubble will eventually be absorbed by the body. After gas bubble absorption, cryopexy is then used to mend the damaged retinal tissue.

Scleral Buckle Surgery

The sclera is the white portion of the eye. During scleral buckle surgery, Dr. Del Piero attaches a small piece of rubber or sponge to the sclera, creating an indentation on the surface of the eye. This buckling can relieve the tugging of the vitreous on a person's retinal tissue. In some cases, this added support can allow the retina to reattach to the surrounding tissue.


A vitrectomy involves the removal of the vitreous gel within the eye. This allows Dr. Del Piero better access to the retina to make the repairs and allows him to see any other retinal tears or issues. Removing the vitreous can also relieve pressure within the eye and allow the retina to reattach itself. After the repairs have been made, the vitreous is replaced with gas or silicone oil to hold the retina in place until the body naturally replenishes the fluid.

Choosing a Retinal Expert Matters

As with any medical procedure, retinal detachment treatments carry some risk. We do not relay the following possibilities to scare you, but rather to reinforce the fact that choosing a board-certified expert like Dr. Del Piero for your care can help avoid complications. He can deliver optimal treatment while minimizing the following surgical risks:


Revision Surgery

Approximately 5% of retinal detachment surgery patients require a second surgery.

Elevated Pressure

Surgery can increase eye pressure, which may in turn lead to glaucoma.

Attachment Failure

It is possible for the retina to not attach properly or to become detached again.

Infection or Bleeding

Some retinal detachment surgeries can lead to harmful eye infections or bleeding.

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That Being Said Retinal Detachment Repair Usually Succeeds

According to data compiled by the American Society of Retinal Specialists, retinal detachment repair is successful in approximately 90% of cases.

Contact Our Monterey County Practice For Fast, Effective Retinal Treatment

Our Monterey, CA, practice is equipped to handle every retinal issue, no matter how severe. With our broad scope of treatment options, you can be sure you are getting the best quality care to handle your specific issue. Our practice prides itself on using the most sophisticated eye surgery technology available. Our staff serving patients throughout Monterey County is fluent in English and Spanish.

If you are concerned for your eye health and vision, contact our office in Monterey, CA, to learn more about our treatment options. 

(831) 424-1150

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Alan Watts

Monterey, CA


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Technicians, Daria and Patrick are two of the best at MBEC. Kind, caring and conscientious. Dr. Leland Rosenblum is probably the very best and most sought-after eye specialist on the Monterey Peninsula. The office staff are efficient and always helpful and thorough. My visits are always a beneficial and pleasant experience.

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Kathy Smith

Monterey, CA


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What a 'treat' it was having cataract surgery. No kidding! I almost hesitate to even call it surgery. Everything was so professional and so well done. And then, the icing on the cake, I can see again. The colors. The clarity. The sparkliness. And WHITE! Who knew white was so white. Surgery is very quick and for me, it was painless. Do it.

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Face-Down Recovery May Be Necessary In Certain Cases

Our treatments are tailored to each patient's needs. After your procedure, we will provide personalized recovery guidelines for you. In certain cases, a face-down recovery is necessary. As the name implies, this type of recovery requires you to maintain a face-down position for a few days after your procedure, and in some cases for more than a week.

This is required because lying face down allows the gas bubble to float into its proper position, develop retinal pressure, and foster a proper reattachment. A face-down position helps your eye fluid to naturally refill, eventually leading to a total disappearance of the bubble. 

Face-down recovery does not mean you will have to lay on your stomach constantly. Rather, it means you will have to keep your face tilted downward during any activity, such as while standing, eating, or walking. 

The FAQs Of Retinal Detachment

Can a detached retina heal itself?

No. A detached retina must be repaired by an experienced professional to ensure you do not lose your vision. Waiting to seek treatment can lead to blindness.

If my retina is detached, can I still see?

No. A completely detached retina will cause vision loss. Most people can still see clearly during the beginning stages of this condition. However, as it progresses, more symptoms will appear and vision loss will continue to get worse.

How long can my retina be detached before I permanently lose vision?

It depends on the severity. A retinal detachment can cause a patient to lose vision in a matter of days. Most retinal detachments occur suddenly and can affect a patient's vision within hours or days. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of retinal detachment, call us now at 
(831) 424-1150 to arrange to see our doctor as soon as possible. 

Monterey County Trusts Us To Care For Their Vision


Karen Kadushin

Monterey, CA


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The doctors, assistants and administrative staff are excellent and the optician goes above and beyond to assure the perfect fit and style for each patient.

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Mary Grace

Monterey, CA


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Monterey Bay Eye Center has excellent doctors and staff. I highly recommend it and have been a customer for almost 20 years.

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Other Retinal Conditions Our Monterey, CA, Practice Can Treat

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people 60 years old and older. The condition involves the gradual deterioration of the macula (the central portion of the retina) and its blood vessels. AMD often presents no initial symptoms, though eventually causes blurry vision, dark or blurry spots in your central vision, and diminished color perception.

Although macular degeneration is incurable, lifestyle and dietary changes can slow its progression if caught early. For more advanced cases of AMD, treatments include medication and laser therapy.

Diabetic vision

Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes-related condition in which the blood vessels that nourish the retina become blocked. The eye responds by growing new blood vessels, but these new blood vessels grow abnormally. Without treatment, the blood vessels can leak into the retina, resulting in vision loss.

For early-stage non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), lifestyle changes and non-invasive techniques may be sufficient for managing the disease. For advanced or proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), surgery may be necessary to prevent blindness.

The team of doctors at Monterey County Eye Associates

Monterey County Eye Associates
Leland H. Rosenblum, MD - MBEC
Eric J. Del Piero, MD

Our team of ophthalmologists provides state-of-the-art eye care using the latest technology. They are proud to be affiliated with: 

  • AAO: American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • ABO: American Board of Ophthalmology

To schedule an appointment, please call us at one of our four ophthalmologist office locations in Monterey, Ryan Ranch, Salinas, and King City, or contact us online.

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