A detached retina is a serious and sight-threatening event, occurring when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached. And unless the retina is reattached soon, permanent vision loss may result. Retinal detachment itself is painless. But warning signs almost always appear before it occurs or has advanced, such as:
• The sudden appearance of many floaters — tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision
• Flashes of light in one or both eyes
• Blurred vision
• Gradually reduced side (peripheral) vision
• A curtain-like shadow over your visual field
HOW IS RETINAL DETACHMENT DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by an ophthalmologist who would check the eyes for vision damage and do needed tests.
HOW IS RETINAL DETACHMENT TREATED?
Treatment for Retinal Detachment depends on the severity of the condition and the stage at which it is diagnosed. Common treatment methods are laser freezing, pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, vitrectomy or a combination of these treatments.
DID YOU KNOW?
Risk factors for retinal detachment include:
• posterior vitreous detachment, which is common in older adults
• extreme nearsightedness because it causes more strain on the eye
• a family history of retinal detachment
• trauma to the eye
• being over 40 years old
• prior history of retinal detachment
• complications from cataract surgery