Retinal Detachment

  • 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

Links: www.nei.nih.gov/health/retinaldetach/index.asp

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