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Retinal Detachments & Tears

What is Retinal Detachment? 

A retinal detachment is when the retina lifts away from the back of the eye. When detached, the retina does not work causing your vision to become blurry. 

As we get older the vitreous in our eyes starts to shrink and become thinner. As the eye moves the vitreous moves around on the retina without causing problems. However, the vitreous can stick to the retina and pulls hard on the retina causing it to tear. When this occurs, fluid can pass through the tear and detach the retina. 

Early Signs of a Retinal Detachment

  • Seeing flashing lights all of a sudden. 
  • Noticing many new floaters at once. These can look like specks, lines, or cobwebs in your field of vision.
  • A shadow appearing in your peripheral (side) vision.
  • A gray curtain covering part of your field of vision.

A detached retina is a serious problem. If you notice any of these symptoms mentioned above, please call our office immediately. 

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