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What is retinal detachment?

Usually the retina is attached to the inner surface of the eye. If there is a tear of hole in the retina then fluid can get underneath it, This weakens the attachment so that the retina becomes detached - rather like wallpaper peeling off a damp wall.

When this happens the retina cannot compose a clear picture from the incoming rays and your vision becomes blurred and dim.

Who is more likely to get it?

Detachment of the retina happens more to middle aged, short sighted people. It is quite uncommon however and only about one person in ten thousand is affected.

Very rarely, younger people can have a weakness of the retina.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms is a shadow spreading across the vision of one eye. You may also experience bright flash of light and or showers of dark sports called floaters. There symptoms are never painful.

The Types of Diseases Found :

 Macular Degeneration
 Retinal Detachment


Many people experience flashed or floaters and these are not necessarily a cause for alarm. However if they are severe and seem to be getting worse, and or you are losing vision then you should see a doctor urgently. Promptly treatment can offen minimise the damage to your eye.

What is the treatment?

If you get help early, it may only be necessary to have a laser or freezing treatment. This is usually performed under a local anaesthetic.

Often however, an operation to repair the hole in the retina will be needed. This is usually done under a general anaesthetic and can be repaired wit h a single operation in 90 percent of cases.

This does not usually cause much pain but your eye will be sore and swollen for a few days afterwards. You will usually need to stay in hospital for two or three days after your operation.

We want to reassure you that your surgeon does not take your eye out if its sockets to operate on it .