When i first had symptoms, from my first tear, i went to my cataract surgeon. They sat me in an exam room, and the nurse asked what was the problem, so i described my symptoms. She went away for a few minutes, and came back with directions and an IMMEDIATE appointment with a retinal specialist across town. I never even saw the doctor , it was judged that much of an emergency, do not stop for lunch, do not pass go, do not collect $200. I was in the retinal specialist office in a half hour, looking in a lazer less than ten minutes after that.