Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment is an eye condition in which the retina disconnects from the tissue that connects it to the eye. Retinal detachment is a very serious condition, and if one starts to experience detachment, they will experience rapid permanent vision loss if they don’t seek immediate medical attention.

Retinal Detachment Causes

Retinal detachment occurs much more often in people who have myopic eyes, as the abnormal eye shape makes it easier for the retina to detach from the back of the eye. Retinal detachment occurs either from tears, from “bubbles” that form below the retina, or from trauma that can potentially cause detachment.

Retinal Detachment Treatment

Retinal Detachment must be treated via surgery to gain vision back that otherwise would be lost. Most surgeries for retinal detachment are effective, although most people will not experience full recovery to their previous visual clarity.

While many types of retinal detachment can’t be prevented, retinal detachment due to trauma often results from high impact sports such as football, boxing, or rugby. Wearing proper equipment and safety helmets can help prevent retinal detachment due to injury.

Retinal Detachment Symptoms

People who experience retinal detachment may initially see bright flashes of light in their peripheral vision, accompanied by eye “floaters”. Anyone who experiences major abnormalities in their vision should seek immediate medical attention, as a full detachment will quickly result in permanent vision loss without treatment.

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