Retinal Detachment

Closeup of a Blue Eye

What is a Retinal Detachment?

A retinal detachment is a separation of the layers of the retina, the film in the back of the eye that transmits messages to our brain. These can occur spontaneously or with trauma. Patients with a high amount of nearsightedness are at an increased risk. The retina cannot function when the layers are separated, and without prompt treatment, permanent vision loss may occur.

Patients with retinal detachment may experience a blind spot, blurred vision or a veil or shadow forming in their peripheral vision. Other symptoms may include an increase in or new flashes and floaters. It is important to see your doctor at the first sign of symptoms in order to minimize the damage caused by this condition.

Chart Illustrating What Happens During a Retinal Detachment

To prevent permanent vision loss, the retina must be quickly reattached. Treatment for retinal detachment can be done through laser or surgery. These procedures can preserve vision and may also allow lost vision to return in some patients. The sooner the retina is attached, the more effective treatment tends to be. If you are experiencing signs of retinal detachment, please call us immediately.