What is Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition that can cause blindness when not treated immediately.
Who is at Risk for Retinal Detachment?
Retinal detachment is usually associated with aging but it can happen to anyone who have suffered from severe eye injury. Nearsighted people are also at risk of retinal detachment. The same goes to those with history of retinal problems in the family and those that have undergone cataract surgery.
What Causes Retinal Detachment?
At the back of your eye is a complex set of tissues called the retina. In the middle of the eye meanwhile, and attached to the retina is a clear gel called vitreous. As we age, the vitreous shrinks or changes shape. This movement generally does not cause problems. However, when the vitreous pulls hard, the retina may tear in some areas. This causes retinal detachment.
What are the Symptoms of Retinal Detachment?
The symptoms of retinal detachment include blurred vision, darkening of your peripheral vision, and sudden appearance of dark spots or floaters in your field of vision.
How is Retinal Detachment Treated?
Torn or detached retina may be treated with surgery. Surgeries have several types available and it depends on the case of the patient which one should be performed. Retinal detachment has to be treated as early as possible to lessen the risk of permanent loss of vision in the affected eye.
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