Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment

What is retinal detachment?

The retina is a layer of light-sensing tissue at the back of the eyeball. The retina transmits visual information to the brain, allowing us to see. A retinal detachment occurs when the retina becomes separated from its supporting tissues. Retinal detachment is considered a medical emergency.

Retinal detachment is usually caused by eye fluid that has leaked through a small tear or hole in the retinal tissue. The fluid builds up behind the retina until it pushes the retina up and away from the back of the eyeball.

Retinal detachment can also be caused by uncontrolled diabetes, ocular injuries, chronic inflammation or prior retinal surgery. In these cases, the retina is detached by excess tissue the body has created in an attempt to heal an ocular injury.

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment? 

Symptoms of retinal detachment include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Bright flashes, mostly in peripheral vision
  • Eye floaters
  • Dim vision or blindness in part of one eye

What are the risk factors for retinal detachment?

Risk factors for retinal detachment include:

  • Aging
  • Previous eye surgery, especially retinal surgery
  • Previous retinal detachment
  • Extreme nearsightedness
  • Previous eye injury

How is retinal detachment treated?

Temple offers many surgical treatments for retinal detachment and retinal tears. Learn more about retinal detachment surgery at Temple.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple ophthalmologist, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).