What is the Retina?
The retina is a nerve layer at the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain.
An eye is like a camera. The lens in the front of the eye focuses light onto the retina. You can think of the retina as the film that lines that back of a camera.
What is a Retinal Detachment?
A retinal detachment occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position. The retina does not work when it is detached. Vision is blurred, like a camera picture would be blurry if the film were loose inside the camera.
A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always causes blindness unless it is treated.What causes Retinal Detachment?
The following conditions increase the chance that you might get a retinal detachment:
What are the warning symptoms of retinal detachment?
These early symptoms may indicate the presence of a retinal detachment:
These symptoms do not always mean a retinal detachment is present; however, you should see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.