Floaters, Flashes, Retinal Detachment

The retina is the light sensitive nerve layer that lines the inside back of the eyeball. A detached retina is a serious and sight-threatening event, occurring when the retina becomes separated back wall of the eye. Much like wallpaper peeling off a wall. The retina cannot function when it is detached and permanent vision loss may result if it is not reattached as soon as possible through surgery.

The most common cause of retinal detachment is a tear or hole in the retina allowing fluid from the inside of the eye to seep through and collect under the retina, causing the retina to detach from the back wall of the eye. Tears or holes can occur in anyone but are more common if you are highly myopic (short-sighted), have had trauma in the eye, or have had previous eye surgery.

Symptoms and Signs of Retinal Detachment

If you suddenly notice floaters (spots, lines) in your vision and /or experience flashes of light you may be experiencing the warning signs of a retina tear that could progress to a detached retina. Your vision may become blurry or blocked. You may also notice an opaque shadow or a curtain coming from any direction across your field of vision that you cannot see through. Pain is not associated with retinal tears or detachment.

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, Contact us immediately. Time is of essence and can reduce your risk of permanent vision loss.

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