Detatched Retina

The retina lies in the back of the eye. It is a multi-layer tissue which is responsible for detecting visual images and transmitting these to the brain. The retina is similar to the film inside a camera. A retinal detachment occurs when the retina pulls away from the back of the eye.

Different visual symptoms can be associated with a retinal detachment. These may include flashing lights, a curtain or shadow over part of the visual field or new floaters. Importantly, these symptoms can also be present without a retinal detachment. An immediate exam is necessary if you experience these symptoms.

Sometimes the retina does not fully detach, but only tears. In these cases, treatment is done with a laser or freezing technique (cryotherapy) that seals the tear. If the retina is fully detached, surgery is performed to place the retina back into position.