Retinal Detachment

What Is Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina, a layer of the eye that is responsible for light sensitivity and optic nerve transmission, tears away from the back of the eye. Interestingly, the retina is technically part of the brain. When the retina detaches from the back of the eye, retinal cells are deprived of their blood supply, oxygen, and essential nutrients, causing potentially irreversible damage to the retina. Because vision loss is a possibility, retinal detachment is an emergency and should be treated as soon as possible. The process of detachment is typically painless, though patients may see flashes or floaters, dark spots, or shapes that intermittently appear in the line of vision.

What Causes Retinal Detachment

Risk Factors For Retinal Detachment

Diagnosing Retinal Detachment

Symptoms of Retinal Detachment


Living With Retinal Detachment



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For A Doctor