Retinal Detachment

What is a Retinal Detachment?

Is a serious eye condition that happens when the retina separates from the inner layers of the retina from the underlying retinal pigment epithelium, this means that the eye shifts from its normal position.

There are three different types of retinal detachment:

Rhegmatogenous —A tear or break in the retina allows fluid to get under the retina and separate it from the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), the pigmented cell layer that nourishes the retina.

Tractional—In this type of detachment, scar tissue on the retina’s surface contracts and causes the retina to separate from the RPE. 

Exudative—Frequently caused by retinal diseases, including inflammatory disorders and injury/trauma to the eye. In this type, fluid leaks into the area underneath the retina, but there are no tears or breaks in the retina.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Floaters    
  • Flashing Lights
  • Gray curtain or veil moving across your field of vision

The symptoms described above may not necessarily mean that you have a detached retina. However, if you experience one or more of these symptoms, contact your ophthalmologist for a complete exam.


Risk Factors

A detached retina can occur at any age, but it is more common in midlife and later. Conditions that can increase the chance of a retinal detachment include nearsightedness; previous cataract surgery; glaucoma; severe trauma; previous retinal detachment in your other eye; family history of retinal detachment; or weak areas in your retina that can be seen by your ophthalmologist.



 For more information on retinal detachment please contact our office at 773-775-9755