What is a Retinal Detachment?

A retinal detachment occurs when the retinal layer of the eye separates from the back wall of the eye

What are the Symptoms of a Retinal Detachment?

  • Sudden vision defects
  • Blind spots
  • Shadows in vision
  • Floaters
  • Flashes of light

What Causes a Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachments can be caused by eye injuries, tumors or eye surgeries. Very nearsighted people and the elderly are at a greater risk for retinal detachments. Diabetic patients are also at an increased risk for retinal detachments due to associated bleeding.

How is a Retinal Detachment Diagnosed?

Diagnosing a retinal detachment begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care.

Retinal Detachment Resources

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/retinal-detachment/DS00254