WHAT IS IT?
A detached retina occurs when the retina – the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye – pulls away from the inside wall of the eye. When this happens vision becomes blurred, shaded or distorted. Several early symptoms may indicate a detached or torn retina:
- Light flashes in one eye
- A dark shadow over part of the field of vision
- Blurred vision or blind spots
- Watery vision
WHY DOES IT OCCUR?
Retinal detachment and tears may be caused by eye injury, the aging process, tumors, cataract surgery, eye disease or extreme nearsightedness.
HOW COMMON IS IT?
Retinal detachment affects more men than women and, while it can occur at any age, it is more common in people over age 40.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Left untreated, retinal detachment almost always causes permanent vision loss in the affected eye. If you experience any of the early symptoms, you should go to an emergency room or call us to see one of our doctors as soon as possible.