What is a Retinal Detachment?
A retinal detachment occurs when the retinal pigment layer of the retina separates from the sensory layer thereof. This is frequently caused by vitreous (gel-like body inside the eye) traction on the inner aspect of the retina, leading to breaks or tears in the retina. Fluid then leaks through the break, and splits the retinal layer into two, causing the detachment. If a blood vessel is situated in the area of the break, there may be associated intra-ocular bleeding as well.
There are 3 types of retinal detachment:
Causes / Risk Factors
It is important to treat a retinal detachment as soon as possible, to prevent the detachment from progressing, especially to the macular region, which is responsible for sharp, central vision. The longer the retina is deprived of blood supply and nutrition, the greater the chance that the retina loses its ability to function. The detached retina has to be reattached and kept in position. This can be done by the following modalities, or a combination thereof:
Please feel free to contact your eye care professional to make an appointment if you or a family member are worried about Retinal Detatchment.