Retinal detachment is a separation of the light-sensitive membrane in the back of the eye (the retina) from its supporting layers. When the retina becomes detached, bleeding from area blood vessels may cloud the inside of the eye, which is normally filled with vitreous fluid. Central vision becomes severely affected if the macula, the part of the retina responsible for fine vision, becomes detached.
Symptoms may include:
- Bright flashes of light, especially in peripheral vision
- Blurred vision
- Floaters in the eye
- Shadow or blindness in a part of the visual field of one eye
Most people with a retinal detachment will need surgery. Most retinal detachments can be repaired, but not all of them. Surgery may be done immediately or after a short period of time. How well you do after a retinal detachment depends on the location and extent of the detachment and early treatment. If the macula was not damaged, the outlook with treatment can be excellent.
Courtesy: National Library of Medicine, NIH