Retinal detachment occurs when part or all of the retina—the nerve layer at the back of the eye—comes off (detaches from) the back of the eye. This can lead to severe vision loss or blindness.
A retina can detach as a result of aging, an eye injury, inflammation, and some diseases such as diabetes. Although retinal detachment can occur at any age, it is most common in older adults.
When a retinal detachment occurs, the person may notice:
Warning signs that a person may soon have a retinal detachment include:
Retinal detachment may require immediate surgery to prevent permanent vision loss. Surgery can repair most retinal detachments and restore good vision in many cases.
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