Retinal Detachment (cont.)
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Retinal detachment requires care right away. Without treatment, vision loss can progress from minor to severe or even to blindness within a few hours or days.
Only surgery can repair retinal detachment. It is usually successful and, in many cases, restores good vision.
For more information, see Surgery.
You cannot prevent most cases of retinal detachment.
Some eye injuries can damage the retina and cause detachment. You can reduce your risk of these types of injuries if you:
Diabetes puts you at greater risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that can lead to tractional retinal detachment. If you have diabetes, you can help control and prevent eye problems by having regular eye exams and by keeping your blood sugar levels within a target range.
Treating a retinal tear can often prevent retinal detachment, but not all tears need treatment. The decision to treat a tear depends on whether the tear is likely to progress to a detachment.
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