Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your doctor may use the following tests, instruments and procedures to diagnose retinal detachment:

  • Ophthalmoscope. The doctor may use an instrument with a bright light and a special lens to examine the inside of your eyes. The ophthalmoscope provides a highly detailed 3-D view, allowing the doctor to see any retinal holes, tears or detachments.
  • Ultrasonography. This test uses sound waves to create a picture on a video monitor. The sound waves travel through your eye and bounce off your retina and other structures within the eye to create the image.
Mar. 23, 2013