- A retinal detachment occurs when the thin light sensitive film at the back of the eye detaches from its supporting layers.
- The usual signs are flashes, floaters and curtain of blurred vision.
- The risk factors are previous eye surgery, nearsightedness, a family history of retinal detachment, uncontrolled diabetes, and trauma.
- It is important to get to an ophthalmologist as soon as possible if you suspect a retinal detachment has occurred in your eye
- Retinal surgeons have a high success rate in re-attaching the retina and visual acuity can return to pre-detachment levels.
- Some patients, however, will be left with a permanent visual impairment
- If you suspect a retinal detachment it is important to consult your ophthalmologist the same day