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What is a likely sign that i have a retinal tear?

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Dr. Mark Suggs answered

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Flashes and floaters: The warning signs for a retinal tear are flashes of light (like a streak of lightening) and a sudden increase in floaters. This needs to be checked as tears are, relatively, easily treated, retinal detachments are much more involved. Untreated tears can become detachments.

Answered 8/23/2013

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

See below: Floaters, flashing lights, or part of the peripheral vision missing (like a curtain or veil obscuring your vision) indicates the need for an urgent dilated retinal examination to rule out retinal tear or detachment. Rarely, retinal tears can occur without any symptoms.

Answered 2/23/2013

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