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what you need to know about retinal detachment

What Is a Detached Retina?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a detached retina is when the retina lifts away from the back of the eye like wallpaper peeling off the wall.

What Causes a Detached Retina?

Many things can cause a detached retina, and your eye doctor can inform you if you are more at risk than others. The most common risk factor for retinal detachment is age. Most people who experience retinal detachment are over the age of 40. However, retinal detachment can occur at any age if you sustain blunt force trauma, or people with diabetes are prone to developing retinal detachment. Also, individuals with severe nearsightedness or close family members who have experienced a retinal detachment are at risk of developing a detached retina.

Symptoms in Detail

When the retina is detached from the back wall of the eye, it is separated from its blood supply and no longer functions properly. The typical symptoms of a retinal detachment include:

  • Floaters: These can look like specs, lines, or cobwebs in your field of vision.
  • Flashing lights: Some people say this is like seeing stars after being hit in the eye.
  • A shadow in the peripheral (side) vision that can be stationary (non-moving) or progress toward and involve the center of vision.
  • A gray curtain covers part of your field of vision.

In other cases of retinal detachment, some may not be aware of any changes in their vision. The severity of the symptoms is often related to the extent of the detachment.

How is Retinal Detachment Managed?

Retinal detachment is an emergency condition that can cause permanent vision loss without prompt treatment from your eye doctor. We are available to assist patients with their eye health and provide services that best suit your needs.

Your Eye Health Is Our Top Priority!

If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, the most critical step you can take is to schedule an appointment to ensure proper diagnosis and management. Call us TODAY! Don’t delay or deny your eye health.

Listed below is a Retinal Detachment Vision Simulator

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Simulation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

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References:  American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Optometric Association, and American Society of Retina Specialists. The content is researched and vetted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association, and the American Society of Retina. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided within this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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