What is Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachments happen when your retina (a light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of your eye) is pulled away from its normal position. They are a true ocular emergency and if you have symptoms of a detached retina, you must seek urgent advice via your optometrist or by going to A&E. Early treatment of a retinal detachment can help preserve your sight and help prevent permanent vision loss.

The symptoms of retinal detachment often come on quickly and so you need to act immediately if this is suspected. If a detached retina isn’t treated right away, more of the retina can detach which increases the risk of severe vision loss or blindness.

Remember, if only a small part of your retina has detached, you may not have any symptoms, or your symptoms may be very mild. If in doubt, have it checked out.

As with any condition, early diagnosis is always beneficial and if you have a sudden onset of flashes or floaters, it is important to be assessed as soon as possible as retinal detachments require urgent referral for treatment.

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