A retinal detachment is an emergency. If there is no prompt surgical or medical treatment, permanent vision loss could result.
You have been identified as being at risk for developing a retinal detachment. The following information is critical, and should be read carefully. Your retina is a delicate tissue that lines the back of the eye; its main purpose is to send visual impulses from the optic nerve to the brain. Without it, we could not see. A retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from the wall of the eye.
There are a number of conditions that increase the risk of retinal detachment:
- Moderate to high myopia (nearsightedness)
- Blunt or penetrating injury to the eye
- Any retinal degenerations
- Genetics (if someone in your family has had a retinal detachment)
You should be aware of retinal detachment symptoms, which include: flashing lights (especially in side vision), loss of side vision altogether, seeing a “shower of dots,” or seeing a veil or curtain over your vision (this may develop suddenly or over a number of hours). It is important to keep in mind that there is no pain associated with a retinal detachment.
A retinal detachment is an emergency. If there is no prompt surgical or medical treatment, permanent vision loss could result. Should you experience any of the symptoms listed above, seek care immediately. If you are unable to reach an eye care practitioner directly, then proceed to a local hospital emergency room.
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