Retinal Detachment


What is it?

A retinal detachment is the separation of the retina’s sensory and pigment layers. Retinal detachment most frequently involves middle aged and elderly patients.


How does it happen?

Generally, a retinal detachment can occur in one of three ways. The most common type of retinal detachment occurs when there is a break in the sensory layer of the retina. This enables fluid to leak underneath the retina, which then causes the various layers of the retina to separate. This type of retinal detachment is most common among nearsighted patients or those who have suffered a serious eye injury.

Another type of retinal detachment occurs when the retina is pulled loose. This occurs as the result of strands of vitreous or scar tissue creating traction on the retina. This is more common among patients with diabetes.

The final type of retinal detachment is the result of fluid collecting underneath the layers of the retina. This buildup causes the retina to separate from the back wall of the eye. This type of retinal detachment rarely occurs on its own. Typically, another eye disease causes the swelling or bleeding.

The following are common symptoms of retinal detachment:

  • Flashes of light
  • Wavy vision
  • Obstructed vision
  • Spots in your vision

Retinal detachments usually result in blindness and must be surgically repaired in a timely fashion, therefore if you have noticed a decrease in your quality of vision or any other symptoms of retinal detachment, contact us today for an evaluation.

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