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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are common signs and causes of retinal detachments?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Flashes floater veil: Vitreous separation & traction on the retina causes retinal tears-causing vitreous floaters & hazy vision. Laser helps to prevent the tear from progressing to a retinal detachment as fluid flows though untreated tears and the retina falls off the back of your eye-like wallpaper coming off a wall. This causes a veil in your side vision then central vision loss. It is painless.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See a retina special: New or worse floaters in your vision or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obstructing the vision) could indicate a retinal detachment. These symptoms require an urgent dilated retinal exam. Do not delay.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 33 years experience
Vision Loss: Signs of rd are those seen by examining eye doctor: subretinal fluid, retinal tear, pigment cells in vitreous, and pvd. The symptoms that a patient experiences are progressive loss or greying; of vision which may involve the central vision. This may be proceeded by flashes and floaters. Sometimes an rd can be completely asymptomatic and only picked up on careful exam by a retinal specialist.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What causes retinal tears and detachments?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Age: The vitreous jelly changes as we age and it pulls away from the back of the eye (retina) - a posterior vitreous detachment. During this process, if the jelly pulls hard enough on the retina (especially in a thin or weak area) it can tear the retina which can subsequently detach. Other risk factors include myopia, cataract surgery, head/eye trauma, family history, lattice degeneration, etc.

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