The retina lines the inside of the back of the eye. It works a bit like the film in the back of a camera, absorbing light to form an image of the outside world.
A retinal detachment occurs when a break in the retina allows fluid to pass under the retina, so that the retina peels away from the back of the eye.
It is a serious eye emergency and without prompt treatment it can cause blindness in the affected eye. It requires urgent referral to a vitreoretinal surgeon. If you wish to see Professor Jackson please contact him without delay.
This image shows the inside of the back of the eye. A retinal tear (top right of the image) has caused the thin retina to peel off the back of the eye and hang forward.
What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?
The key symptoms of retinal detachment are:
- Flashing lights in your vision
- Floaters in your vision
- Bits ‘missing’ from the vision
- A dark ‘curtain’ or ‘veil’ coming over your vision
How are retinal detachments treated?
Most patients with retinal detachments are advised to undergo surgery – usually urgently. Very occasionally, longstanding detachments are kept under regular review or walled off with laser to stop them spreading.
Professor Jackson will discuss the best treatment approach in your case with you.
Further information about retinal detachment and its treatment can be found in the patient information leaflet.