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
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.