What is retinal detachment?
Retinal detachment is when the thin lining at the back of a person’s eye begins to pull away from the blood vessels that supply it with oxygen and nutrients.Without prompt treatment, the condition can lead to blindness in the affected eye.
Retinal detachment is most often the result of the retina becoming thinner and more brittle with age. It can also be caused by a direct injury to the eye.
It is a rare condition, one in every 10,000 people will develop a new case in any given year. As it is associated with aging, most people are affected between the ages of 50 and 75.
Retinal Detachment Symptoms
In most instances there are noticeable retinal detachment symptoms that indicate the retina is at risk of detaching before loss of sight. These include;
- the appearance of floaters or dark spots in the field of vision
- sudden short flashes of light in one eye
- blurred or distorted vision.
If these symptoms occur urgent specialist eye examination is essential.
The condition is detected by specialist examination of the retina with pupil dilated
Prompt surgical repositioning of the retina is essential in order to preserve vision.
Early surgical correction can restore vision partly or completely depending on extent of the detachment.