When the retina peels away from the back of the eye.
A 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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