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Retinal Detachment

What is Retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment is where the thin, light sensitive layer at the back of the eye becomes separated from the wall of the eye.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms usually include a sudden increase in floaters, flashing lights and/or visual loss starting anywhere in the periphery and progressing towards the centre.

What are the causes?

The most common cause of retinal detachment is small tears in the retina which then allow fluid to get beneath the retina and separate it from the nutrient layer underneath. Retinal tears or holes are more likely in short-sighted eyes, after a posterior vitreous detachment (a normal ageing change) or after cataract surgery, and can occur in diabetic eyes.

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