Retinal detachment occurs when the retina, a thin layer of light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, peels away from its underlying support tissue. It is often caused by trauma to the eye or head, but is more common in people with a history or family history of retinal detachment, or who have had cataract surgery or other eye disorders.
Retinal detachment can range from a small tear to a completely detached retina. Its impact on vision will depend on the location and severity of the detachment, but complete retinal detachment can result in permanent loss of vision.
Any suspected retinal detachment should be assessed as soon as possible. Symptoms include a sudden increase in floaters and flashes, and areas of shadow in the visual field. Surgery to correct retinal detachment has a high success rate if it is detected early.
Coastal Eye Centre offers the highest standard of expertise in the treatment of retinal detachment.