Detached Retina

About Detached Retinas

What is a Detached Retina?

A detached retina is a serious eye condition that can lead to vision loss and even blindness. If the retina gets a tear or a hole, it can start to peel off the back of the eye. This is troublesome because fluid can enter through the tear under the retina and lift the retina off, causing a retinal detachment; much like damp wallpaper peeling from the wall. A detached retina most often happens for no clear reason. But having had an eye injury can raise the risk of a detached retina.

If you suddenly lose vision, see flashes of light, “spider webs,” many floaters, or if a grey curtain appears to move across your field of vision. These could be warning signs of a detached retina. It is also important to note that seeing floaters and flashes of light can also be a sign of a condition called “posterior vitreous detachment.” This condition is fairly common and is not as serious as a detached retina.

A retinal detachment must be treated quickly to prevent or reduce permanent vision loss. During treatment, laser therapy or cryotherapy may be used to essentially “weld” the retina back to the underlying tissue to prevent further damage. For more severe cases surgery may be necessary to repair the detached retina. Eye Health MD has a retinal surgeon who specializes in these techniques which are performed in an affiliated hospital.