Retinal Detachment

What is as Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment is a very serious eye condition that happens when the retina separates from the tissue around it. Since the retina can’t work properly under these conditions, you could permanently lose vision if the detached retina is not repaired promptly.

Who’s at Risk for a Detached Retina?

You’re more likely to get a detached retina if you:

  • Are severely nearsighted
  • Have had an injury to the head or eye

What Are the Symptoms of a Detached Retina?

A detached retina does not hurt, so look for these symptoms:

  • Flashes of light
  • Seeing “floaters” (small flecks or threads)
  • Darkening of your peripheral (side) vision or the feeling of a veil, cobweb or curtain in your vision

If you notice any of those symptoms, contact your eye doctor immediately.

Early diagnosis is key to preventing vision loss from a detached retina.

Can a Detached Retina Be Prevented?

Getting an eye exam can flag early changes in your eyes that you may not have noticed. Treating those changes can help. You should get your eyes checked once a year, or more often if you have conditions such as diabetes. You should also use the appropriate eye protection for certain activities that may put you at risk for trauma to the eyes.