What Is Retinal Detachment?

What Is Retinal Detachment?

Retinal Detachment occurs when a thin layer of tissue (the retina) detaches from the back of the eye. This is an emergency situation and should be treated as soon as possible.

Retinal Detachment is painless, so it may be difficult to determine if you have it without paying attention to the warning signs. Symptoms that you should watch out for include:
1. Sudden appearance of many floaters (tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision)
2. Flashes of light in one or both eyes (photopsia)
3. Blurred vision
4. Gradually reduced side/ peripheral vision
5. A curtain-like shadow over your vision field

You may be at risk for retinal detachment if you:
1. Have previously experienced retinal detachment
2.Have a family history of retinal detachment
3. Are extremely nearsighted/ suffer with myopia
4. Have had eye surgery
5. Have had a severe eye injury
6. Suffer with other eye diseases/ disorders such as retinoschisis, uveitis, or thinning of peripheral retina

When retinal detachment goes untreated, the risk of permanent vision loss increases. This is why it is absolutely essential to seek medical attention once you begin experiencing the signs and/or symptoms of retinal detachment.

If you suspect that you may have retinal detachment, seek out professional advice at Dr. D’Orio Eye Care. Book an appointment with us today by calling us at 416.656.2020 or 416.661.5555



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