Retinal detachment

A retinal detachment is a separation of the retina from its attachments to the underlying tissue within the eye. This is a serious medical emergency, and can lead to vision loss and blindness if not treated.

What are some symptoms of a retinal detachment?

Flashes: Typically bright white or yellow streaks in your vision.

Floaters: Small dots, circles, lines, flies, or cobwebs that float across your vision.

Signs that the condition has progressed beyond a retinal tear include:

Dark shadow: Part of your vision may be covered by a dark shadow.

Curtain/veil: It may seem like you are looking through a hazy veil.

Decreased central vision: Decrease in clarity/sharpness of central vision.

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What causes a retinal detachment?

Most retinal detachments are a result of a retinal break or tear. Once the retina has torn, liquid from the vitreous gel can then pass through the tear and accumulate behind the retina – this buildup of fluid is what causes the retina to separate from the back of the eye.

What are some treatment options for a retinal detachment?

Sometimes, retinal detachments can be fixed with an office-based procedure. However, the majority of patients will need surgery to re-attach the retina.

How can I prevent a retinal detachment?

Retinal detachments can be detected in some cases when warning signs are caught early. The most effective means of prevention and risk reduction is through education of the initial signs, and encouragement for people to seek ophthalmic medical attention if they suffer from symptoms of a posterior vitreous detachment. Early examination allows detection of retinal tears which can be treated with laser, therefore reducing the risk of a detachment.

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