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Detached Retina

What is Detached Retina?

A detached retina is a condition where the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached. A detached retina is a serious condition. If not treated properly, it will probably cause blindness.

What is the Retina?

The retina is located in the eye. The retina usually lies smoothly and firmly against the inside back wall of the eyeball. It functions like the film in the back of a camera. The retina sends visual images to the brain through the optic nerve.

What Causes Detached Retina?

A detached retina can be caused by a injury to the eye or face, tumors, or disease. Some diseases that can cause a detached retina are diabetes and sickle cell.

A detached retina is also a complication of cataract surgery.

Individuals who are extremely nearsighted people have longer eyeballs with thinner retinas have a higher risk of developing a detached retina.

Symptoms of a Detached Retina?

The symptoms of a detached retina can occur gradually as the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue, or suddenly if the retina detaches immediately.

The most common symptoms of a detached retina are:

  • Sudden spots, floaters and flashes of light
  • Blurred vision
  • Visions of a shadow or a curtain coming down from the top of the eye or across from the side.

There is no pain associated with retinal detachment.

Can a Detached Retina be Treated?

Yes. The retina can be repaired by laser, cryoprobe, or surgery.

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