What is Retinal Detachment?

Retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye. It sends visual messages to the brain. Retinal detachment is a complicated eye problem caused by the separation of retina from its supporting layers. When the retina is detached, information cannot be relayed to the brain and patient can permanently lose vision if the detached retina isn’t repaired promptly.

Retinal Detachment Causes

  • Trauma to the eye (eye injury)
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of retinal detachment
  • Complications from cataract surgery
  • Extreme high short-sightedness (myopia)
  • Retinal detachment is more common among people over age 50
Healthy Retina Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment Signs & Symptoms

  • The sudden appearance of many floaters — tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision
  • Flashes of light in one or both eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Gradually reduced side (peripheral) vision
  • A curtain-like shadow over your visual field

Retinal Detachment Treatment

Surgical Treatment

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