Retinal Detachment

Monday, January 10, 2011

A retinal detachment is a separation of the retina from its attachments to the underlying tissue within the eye. Most retinal detachments are a result of a retinal break, hole or tear. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about detached retinas in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The retina is a light-sensitive, transparent tissue located on the back wall of the eye.

Retinal detachment is the separation of the retina from the tissues underneath it. Every year, about 1 to 2 people per 10,000 develop retinal detachment. Retinal detachment is a medical emergency.

Extreme nearsightedness is an important risk factor for retinal detachment. Other risk factors include retinal detachment of the other eye, cataract surgery, a family history of retinal detachment, uncontrolled diabetes and blunt trauma to the eyes.

Symptoms of retinal detachment include sudden onset or increase of floaters, bright flashes of light, blurred vision or a shadow or blindness in a part of the visual field in one eye.

People with retinal detachment should seek emergency medical attention from an ophthalmologist. Most people with retinal detachment will need surgery to repair it, either immediately or after a short period of time. Once the retina is reattached, vision improves and stabilizes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.