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Our eyes are windows to our health, impressive, complex organs that need special attention. We like to empower our patients with a wealth of knowledge on their eye health, and we would like to discuss retinal detachment. According to the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Retinal Detachment is a sight-threatening condition that affects 1 in every 300 people at some point in their lives. It is most common in people in their 60s and 70s, affecting males more often than females.

How Does the Retina Work?

The retina is the part of the eye that converts light into signals that go to the brain so we can see. When light hits the retina (a light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye), special cells called photoreceptors turn the light into electrical signals. Retinal damage can be the result of many underlying problems. It would be best if you were on the watch for the symptoms of retinal detachment, retinal displacement, and other retina conditions.

What is Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment, a condition where the retina is pulled away from its normal position at the back of the eye, is a serious but treatable condition. The most common cause is a hole developing in the retina, allowing fluid from the eye to seep between the two layers. Early detection is critical, as it can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment. So, while it’s a serious condition, there is hope and optimism that it can be managed.

Can Anyone Get a Detached Retina?

The risk of retinal detachment in a healthy individual is rare. Risk factors for a retinal detachment include the following: • Family history of retinal detachment

  • A severe eye injury
  • Previous history of retinal detachment
  • Thinning of the retina is called lattice degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Extreme nearsightedness (myopia)

If you are concerned about your risk for retinal detachment, talk with your eye doctor.

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is usually not painful, but it’s important to be aware of its symptoms. These typically consist of seeing light flashes, dark spots that appear to float, or a curtain-like or dark shadow. Patients sometimes describe the decrease in vision as a “curtain” or veil coming down into their field of vision. However, some patients don’t experience any symptoms at all. Understanding these symptoms can help individuals recognize the condition and seek help from their eye doctor promptly.

Don’t Delay or Deny Your Eye Exam

Regular eye exams are not just a routine check-up, they play a vital role in maintaining eye health. They can detect and prevent the progression of small, asymptomatic retinal holes, tears, and detachments. Remember to wear eye protection during high-risk activities like sports, using power tools, and lawn care.

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References: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Optometric Association, British Journal of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Retina Specialists. The content is researched and vetted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association, and the American Society of Retina. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided within this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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