With retinal detachment, the retina is torn or pulled from its normal position and separated from the blood vessels. This is an urgent condition because separation from blood supply can quickly lead to degeneration of the retina, creating tissue death and permanent damage. If left undiagnosed or untreated, retinal detachment can lead to blindness and, in the most serious cases, loss of the eye.
Most retinal detachments are due to trauma. The trauma can be caused by a car accident, truck accident, or fall. In an accident the head may hit the windshield, steering wheel, or any other blunt object.
Retinal Detachment Symptoms
A retinal detachment rarely occurs without warning. The initial signs may include:
- A shadow, like a curtain, across part of the field of vision that does not go away. It affects the peripheral vision first.
- Noticeable amount of vision loss. Any sudden vision loss is a medical emergency.
- Sudden flashes of light or floaters.
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