Retinal DetachmentA Retinal Detachment is when the retina peels away from the back of the eye. This requires immediate attention as it can result in loss of vision. Symptoms of a Retinal detachment include white flashes at the peripheral vision. A comprehensive eye exam should be performed promptly.
What is retinal detachment?
The retina is the back inner surface of the eye that relays visual information to the brain. When the retina separates from its supporting underlying tissue, this is known as a retinal detachment.
Retinal detachment is a serious and sight-threatening eye condition. The retina cannot function and relay visual information to the brain when it is detached from its supporting tissue. It is critical that the retina is reattached within a short period of time otherwise permanent vision loss may result. If you notice the sudden appearance of a number of floaters or black spots in your vision, especially if they are accompanied by flashes of light, or the appearance of a shadow or a curtain coming down over your vision, this could indicate a retinal detachment. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact The Eye Practice immediately for further advice on (02) 9290 1899 or visit your local eye hospital.
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Have you noticed your child squinting their eyes to read signs or watch TV? Early signs of myopia or shortsightedness should be investigated promptly.
Retinal Detachment is an eye disease in which all or part of the nerve-fibre layer becomes detached from the back of the eye. As this layer is responsible for communicating visual images to the brain, this can be very serious.
Who are at Risk?
Here are some groups of people who have higher risks of developing diabetic retinopathy:
• People with diabetes. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are at risk. The longer you have diabetes, the higher the chance that you will have diabetic retinopathy. Studies show that 40% to 45% of diabetic Americans suffer from this condition. Thus, if you have diabetes, you need to get annual comprehensive dilated eye exams.
• Pregnant women. Since pregnant women are prone to suffer from gestational diabetes, they are likewise prone to having this eye disease. This makes a comprehensive dilated eye exam a must for those who are pregnant.