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Jeffersonville, IN 47130
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Dr. Black's Eye Associates of Southern Indiana
302 W. 14th Street, Suite 100B
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 284-1700

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Retinal Detachment

What is a retinal detachment?

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position. If not promptly treated, retinal detachment can cause permanent vision loss.

What is a retinal tear?

In some cases there may be small areas of the retina that are torn. These areas, called retinal tears or retinal breaks, can lead to retinal detachment.

What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?

Symptoms include a sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters, which are little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in your field of vision, and/or light flashes in the eye. Another symptom is the appearance of a curtain over the field of vision.

Who is at risk for retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment can occur at any age, but it is more common in people age 40 and older. It affects men more often than women, and Caucasians more often than African Americans. A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who:

  • Are extremely nearsighted
  • Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
  • Have a family history of retinal detachment
  • Have had cataract surgery
  • Have had an eye injury
  • Have other eye diseases or disorders, such as retinoschisis, uveitis, degenerative myopia, or lattice degeneration

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