What causes retinal detachment?
The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of your eye. It’s responsible for receiving light and translating it into electrical signals to send to the brain, where it creates the images we see.
Sometimes the retina can detach from its position, becoming separated from its blood supply that provides it with essential nutrients and oxygen. This is most commonly caused by a tear or hole in the retina, or sometimes after an eye injury.
This condition is more likely to occur in people who:
- Are very short sighted
- Have had cataract surgery
- Have suffered an injury, or direct blow to the eye
- Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
- Have a family history of retinal detachment
What help is available?
If your optician suspects that you have a retinal detachment, they will refer you to the hospital, immediately, or to see a specialist for further investigation.
Treatment will normally depend on the extent of the detachment or tear. There are a number of surgical procedures that involve sealing any tears, reducing the pull on the retina, or moving it back into position for reattachment. Your optician or surgeon will be able to talk you through treatment options in more detail.
The earlier a retinal detachment can be treated, the greater the chances of restoring good vision. That’s why regular eye tests are so important. If you have any concerns about any symptoms you’re experiencing, come in and see us as soon as possible.