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Who gets retinal detachment?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Multiple risks: These are some risk factors for retinal detachment: high nearsightedness, family history, posterior vitreous detachment, retinal tuft, lattice degeneration, trauma, diabetes, etc. The causes and treatments are quite varied. If you see flashes of light, have floaters or experience loss of peripheral vision - see an ophthalmologist today!
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Retinal detachment: Anyone can. However, people who are very nearsighted, boxers, and people who have eye surgery are more likely to have a retinal detachment.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Older Adults Common: Retinal detachment is typically a disorder associated with older adults, usually over 50. It can occur in younger folks due to trauma or genetic conditions. The best way to be sure is to be seen by an ophthalmologist and get a dilated exam of the retina. Common symptoms of retinal detachment are flashing lights and floaters, a dark curtain, and vision loss. Rd is a potentially blinding condition.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
In addition, the more near sighted a person is, the higher the risk that person will get a retinal detachment at some point. Also, certain occupations that tend to get hit in the eye like boxers, bouncers, body guards, soldiers, police, life guards, stunt men, stunt drivers, kids growing up in rough neighborhoods.
Aug 31, 2013
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Anybody!: Retinal detachments can occur in anybody! increased risk is found as you age (between 50-70 is most common), and in people that are very near sighted. Retinal detachments can also be associated with trauma (a direct hit to the eye).

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is retinal detachment?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Elevated retina: A retinal detachment is a separation of the retina from the eye wall. It can be caused by a tear or hole that allows fluid from the middle of the eye to get under the retina and elevate it, by an inflammatory process that allows fluid to collect under the retina, or by scarring inside the eye that pulls the retina away from the eye wall. Retinal detachment often requires surgical intervention.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets retinal detachment?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Multiple risks: These are some risk factors for retinal detachment: high nearsightedness, family history, posterior vitreous detachment, retinal tuft, lattice degeneration, trauma, diabetes, etc. The causes and treatments are quite varied. If you see flashes of light, have floaters or experience loss of peripheral vision - see an ophthalmologist today!

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