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Retinal detachment is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention from a trusted eye doctor. Read on as we explain what retinal detachment is and how we can help manage the condition.

What Causes Retinal Detachment?

How Does It Happen?

The retina is the eye part that transmits light rays to the brain. It is surrounded by vitreous fluid, which shrinks as aging occurs. This shrinkage can pull the retina away from the back of the eyeball, allowing the vitreous fluid to infiltrate the area between the formerly connected parts. Retinal detachment can be caused by various factors. Some of these factors occur naturally, as in aging, while some are due to external or physical strain, as in an eye injury.

What Are the Symptoms?

Retinal detachment cannot be seen externally. Only an eye doctor can diagnose whether a patient is suffering from a detached retina. However, the symptoms that prompt visits to the eye clinic can take on forms of visual disruptions such as blind spots, shadowy lines, blurred vision, sudden flashes of light and “floaters,” or spots that randomly appear within the field of vision.

Who’s at Risk?

Age is a factor that contributes to the likelihood of retinal detachment. The risk also increases for people who have had eye surgeries, suffered blunt eye or head trauma or are diabetic. Retinal detachment is most common among nearsighted people who are 25-50 years of age.

Can Retinal Detachment Be Prevented?

Since it largely has to do with aging, it cannot be fully prevented. However, some steps can be taken to ensure optimal visual health for as long as possible. These steps include visiting an eye doctor for regular checkups, especially if you are nearsighted, and wearing proper eye gear when engaging in physical activities.

Retinal detachment can lead to a complete loss of vision if left unchecked. At 20/20 Image Eye Centers, our team of eye specialists will always address your eye care needs. Contact us at (480) 535-1287 if you are in Glendale, AZ, or at (480) 535-1276 if you are in Chandler, AZ. We also serve Phoenix, AZ.