Retinal tears are usually treated with laser treatment, to prevent the retinal tear from developing into a retinal detachment.
Laser treatment does not close the tear, but works by forming a scar around the retinal tear to prevent the retina from detaching.
Occasionally, some retinal tears or holes may not need treatment as they already have some natural scarring around them, or carry a low risk of retinal detachment. However, they may still need to be observed and followed up to ensure that the retina remains stable.
Treatment of retinal tears usually has a success rate of about 95%. Early treatment of retinal tears can preserve normal vision and prevent severe vision loss from retinal detachment.
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