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Vishnu Eye Clinic - Laser Foundation : Patient Education

The retina is the clear tissue in the back of the eye that helps you see. Retinal Detachment is the separation of this light-sensitive membrane (the retina) from its supporting layers.

If not promptly treated, retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss.

Who is at risk for retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over 40 years. It affects men more than women.

Retinal Detachment is more likely to occur in:
- Patients who are extremely nearsighted (high myopia).
- Patients who have had a retinal detachment in the other eye.
- Patients who have a family history of retinal detachment
- Have other eye diseases or disorders, such as Retinoschisis, Uveitis, Degenerative Myopia, or Lattice Degeneration.
- Patients who have had an eye injury.

What are the alarming symptoms of retinal tear and detachment?

- Bright flashes of light, especially in peripheral vision
- Sudden blurred vision
- Floaters (cobwebs / specks) in your field of vision.
- Shadow or blindness in a part of the visual field of one eye.

Floaters are a common symptom in otherwise normal individuals. However if these are accompanied by persistent flashes, they could be symptoms of a retinal tear or detachment.

What are retinal holes / tears?

Holes and tears are breaks in the retina. When your doctor detects such a defect, he will most often advise you to undergo a laser procedure which seals off these breaks , thus preventing them from causing a retinal detachment.

How soon should I consult my doctor?

Whenever you experience symptoms such as floaters of flashes, consult your doctor without delay. The vision that you can hope to regain after surgery for detachment decreases the longer the retina is detached.

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