Your retina is the tissue in the back of your eye. Like wallpaper, it’s attached to the inside of your eye and is designed to lay flat for proper functioning. However, in some emergency cases, your retina can pull away from its normal position. Like a crack in wallpaper, this sometimes happens and is called a tear in your retina and can lead to a retinal detachment.
In the video below, Dr. Omar Punjabi discusses what you need to know about retinal detachments.
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A few of the main risk factors for having a retinal detachment include:
- Being nearsighted
- A previous eye injury or eye surgery
- A family history of retinal detachments
- Thin areas in your retina that can lead to a tear (lattice degeneration)
A retinal detachment is an eye emergency that can cause permanent vision damage if not evaluated and fixed soon.
Symptoms that may indicate that you have a torn or detached retina include:
- A sudden increase in spots or spider webs in your vision, known as floaters
- Flashing lights in your vision (like a camera flash or a lightning bolt)
- A dark shadow or curtain in your vision
If you are experiencing symptoms of a retinal detachment, make sure you schedule an urgent appointment with your local eye care professional today.