The retina rests against and is surrounded by the choroid, a layer
of the eye containing a system of blood vessels which supply the retina
with nourishment. When the retina is separated from this layer of the
eye, it is said to be detached. In most cases, this detachment is the
result of a tear or hole in the retinal tissue. Fluid passes through
the opening in the retina and separates the retina from the underlying
the most common form of glaucoma, affects about 3 million Americans–half
of whom don't know they have it. It has no symptoms at first, but
over years it can steal your sight. With
early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision
loss and blindness.
What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?
Pain is not usually associated with retinal detachment. The first symptoms,
depending on the extent of the detachment, may be the obstruction
of peripheral vision, much like a shade being pulled over your eye.
Extremely blurred vision is another typical symptom. This can often
be associated with black spots, cobwebs, floaters or flashing sparks
of light. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your eye
How is retinal detachment treated?
Retinal detachments are generally treated by surgery under general
anesthesia in the hospital. Prognosis for recovery depends upon the
extent and duration of the detachment.
Retinal tears (tears in the retina) when detected early enough can
be treated in your eye doctors office without hospitalization