What is it?
Retinal Detachment occurs when the thin layer at the back of your eye (retina) becomes loose. This causes loss of vision that can be partial or total, depending on how much of the retina is detached. When your retina becomes detached, its cells may be seriously deprived of oxygen. The retina is a light-sensitive membrane located at the back of the eye. When light passes through your eye, the lens focuses an image on your retina. The retina converts the image to signals that it sends to your brain through the optic nerve. The retina works with the cornea, lens, and other parts of your eye and brain to produce normal vision. There’s a risk of permanent vision loss if retinal detachment is left untreated or if treatment is delayed.
What are the symptoms?
There’s no pain associated with retinal detachment, but there are usually symptoms before your retina becomes detached. Primary symptoms include: blurred vision partial vision loss, which makes it seem as if a curtain has been pulled across your field of vision, with a dark shadowing effect sudden flashes of light that appear when looking to the side suddenly seeing many floaters, which are small bits of debris that appear as black flecks or strings floating before your eye
- Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or using tools.
- If you have diabetes, control your blood sugar
- Get yearly eye exams, especially if you have risks for retinal detachment.
Things to watch out for
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency. Call your 000 or go to emergency right away if you suffer any sudden vision changes. It needs to be treated quickly to stop it permanently affecting your sight.