Retinal detachments occur when the inner layer of the eye, known as the retina, separates from the layers connected to the back side of the eye. The most common cause of a retinal detachment is a posterior vitreous detachment leading to a retinal tear or hole. Often times this vitreous detachment will pull on the retina causing a small hole or tear through which fluid passes. The fluid works its way back behind the retina and causes a retinal detachment. The first signs and symptoms of a retinal detachment are:
- Bright flashes of light, especially in peripheral vision
- Blurred vision
- Floaters in the eye
- Shadow or blindness in a part of the visual field of one eye
If you notice any of these symptoms we strongly encourage you to call an make an appointment as soon as possible.