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What is Retinal Detachment

Updated on September 6, 2014
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Retinal Attachment

Last year I suffered vitreous detachment, this is when the gel surrounding the retina separates leaving the eye with rings, lightning streaks, cobwebs, and blurriness. The concern was the potential danger of retinal detachment, thank God I did not have retinal detachment which requires surgery.

This article describes what retinal detachment is, its symptoms and treatment. The statistics for retinal detachment caused by tears in the retina is 1 in 10,000. Retinal tears do not necessary progress to retinal detachment.

The Retina Pulls Away From the Back of the Eye

Retinal detachment is when the retina pulls away from the back of the eye. It is sends images along the optic nerve to the brain. When vision becomes blurry blindness results.

The retina is situated at the back of the eye and acts like a camera. Millions of retinal cells receive the images and processes it, then sends it on to the brain. If the retina is lifted or pulled away and becomes detached there will be vision loss.

What Happens During the Retinal Detachment

They say that as we age the vitreous pulls away from the retina. Vitreous detachment usually separates without any pain, but sometimes the retina tears in different places. Fluid can also pass through the retina and make the eye peel like flaking wallpaper.

Who is at Risk

Retinal detachment can occur at any age but mostly in midlife or later. Factors that increase the risk of retinal detachment are nearsightedness, previous cataract surgery, glaucoma, severe trauma, previous retinal detachment in the other eye, family history of retinal detachment, or weak areas in your retina..

Sometimes tears in the retina occur before the actual detachment.

The Ophthalmologist

Retinal tears or detachment is shown as a shadow or curtain that affects the vision.The ophthalmologist will confirm the retinal detachment and treat it before the central macular area of the retina detaches, if this has happened surgery is necessary.


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      Cathy I 6 years ago from New York

      Really useful information. I had a colleague who suffered from retinal detachment and had to take early retirement as a result of that. That was the first time, I had ever heard of it.