A retina pulled from its normal position in the back of your eye is a retinal detachment.

What is retinal detachment?


The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. It provides the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving and seeing fine detail. A retinal detachment lifts or pulls the retina from its normal position. It can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women. A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who:
  • Are extremely nearsighted
  • Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
  • Have a family history of retinal detachment
  • Have had cataract surgery
  • Have other eye diseases or disorders
  • Have had an eye injury
Symptoms include an increase in the number of floaters (small specks that float about in your field of vision) and light flashes in the eye. It may also seem like there is a curtain over your field of vision. Treatment options involve surgery.

A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If not promptly treated, it can cause permanent vision loss. If you have any symptoms, see an eye care professional immediately.

Source: NIH: National Eye Institute

Our Doctors

Share this Page