Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Retinal Detachment Evaluation

The evaluation of retinal detachment begins with a history and physical exam, including an eye exam.

Physical findings in someone with retinal detachment may include:

  • Abnormal retina
  • Decreased visual acuity

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of retinal detachment.

Tests that may be used to evaluate retinal detachment include:
  • Slit lamp exam
  • Ultrasound of the eye
  • Fluorescein angiogram
  • CT scan of the orbits
  • MRI scan of the orbits

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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