Retinal Detachment: What You Need to Know
The sudden onset of spots, floaters or flashes of light in your eye could be an indication of a serious condition called a detached retina. This takes place when the retina separates from its supportive tissue, rendering it unable to function. Without immediate treatment to reattach the retina, you may experience permanent vision loss.
What Causes a Detached Retina?
A detached retina is painless. That’s why you should know the warning signs associated with the condition in order to take action quickly. These include sudden blurry or poor vision, seeing shadows or a curtain coming down from the top or the side of your eye, or the appearance of floaters (tiny specks that drift through your field of vision.)
There are several causes of retinal detachment, including:
- A blow to the eye or the face
- High levels of nearsightedness, which means thinner retinas that are more prone to detachment
- Diabetes, which can cause new blood vessels to grow under the retina and push it away from its support network
- Fluid movement (in rare instances)
Who Is at Risk?
You are most at risk for experiencing the signs of a detached retina if:
- You are over age 50
- You have previously had a detached retina
- You have a family history of retinal detachment
- You have sickle cell disease, eye disease and tumors
- You have had cataract surgery
How Is Retinal Detachment Treated?
Surgery is required to repair a detached retina, and the odds of your vision being restored depends on how soon after detachment the retina is reattached. The success rate also depends on where in the eye the detachment took place, as well as the cause and extent of the detached retina.
For more information about treating retinal detachment, or to learn more about the services we offer, contact Westchester Eye Associates at our Harrison or Yonkers offices to schedule a consultation.