Is a detached retina serious?

Yes. A retinal detachment is a serious and potentially blinding problem. However, if detected early surgical repair in competent hands is about 85-90% successful with the first surgery. Even if the macula is detached, vision can be good following repair, but is never as good as before. If the macula detaches, surgical repair within 10-14 days results in the best visual acuity results.
Yes. A detached retina is a very serious condition that can lead to blindness if untreated. .

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How hard of a hit to head does it take for detached retina? I hit head on brow bone few wks ago, but didn't seem severe, now flicker of light, scared!

Pretty hard. But if a diabetic it certainly can occur spontaneously. New flckers of light or new changes in vision would require an exam by an opthalmologist. Read more...

What is a detached retina?

Retinal detachments. The retina is permanently attached to the optic nerve and the ora serrata( the area in front of the retina). A total detachment means the retina between these attachments is separated from the lining under the retina(rpe). This can be from a tear that lets fluid under the retina (rhegmatogenous) or from fluid leaking under the retina (serous). Exceptions - giant retinal tears and on avulsion. Read more...
Loss of Vision. When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. Read more...
Camera film/wallpape. The retina is a thin layer of nerve tissue in the back of the eye. It lines the inside of the back of the eye so it is kind of like wall paper. Because it captures the light images, I also like to think of it as the film in the camera of the eye. When the vitreous jelly tugs at the retina, it can detach like wallpaper galling off the back of the eye. Read more...

Can you tell me about detached retina?

Yes. It is a very bad diagnosis. It could lead to blindness. It can be repaired if detected in time. It can be detected by a dilated retinal examination of the eyes. Read more...

Are the symptoms of detached retina bad?

Evaluation needed. The symptoms, usually light flashes, floaters and greying of vision are not "bad" in themselves but they are strong warnings of detachment which is truly bad. If you have these symptoms you need to urgently see your ophthalmologist as retinal detachment needs repair as soon as possible. Read more...
Vision loss. When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. As the retina separates like this , vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. Read more...
Don't ignore. symptoms of retinal detachment include flashes and floaters, blurred side vision, and eventually blurred or bad central vision. Patients wit new onset of any of these symptoms should seek get an evaluation as soon as possible! Read more...

What would you see with detached retina?

See an eye doctor. New/worse eye floaters, flashing lights, and/or part of the peripheral vision missing (like a curtain or a veil) could be a retinal detachment. See a retinal specialist right away. Read more...
Vision loss. When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. As the retina separates like this , vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. Read more...
Not much. The part of the retina that is detached quickly loses vision and is out of focus as well. So possibly a little blur; most likely not much and if the whole retina comes off you might only see light and dark for a while. Read more...

How can a person heal a detached retina?

You can't. A detached retina is a medical emergency and should be seen by an eye surgeon immediately so as not to have permanent vision loss. Read more...
Surgery. This requires a surgical procedure by a retinal specialist in the office or in the operating room. Read more...

How would I know if I have a detached retina?

Vision loss, floater. The classic symptoms of retinal detachment are a large number of floaters and sparks in front of one or both of the eyes, as well as sudden and painless vision loss. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, see an eye doctor immediately. There is a better chance of regaining your sight if it is treated within 2 days of onset. Read more...
See EyeMD. Common symptoms associated with rd are floaters, flashing lights, loss of peripheral vision, and decreased vision. It is possible to have an asymptomatic rd. The best way to be sure is to see in ophthalmologist and have a dilated exam done. Read more...

What are the safest home remedies for detached retina?

None. Retinal detachment is an urgent and visually threatening lifting off of the retina from its moorings in the back of the eye. There are no home remedies for this, no herbals, no physical things you can do. You need ophthalmologic evaluation immediately and if detachment is present some form of laser or operative surgery is the only thing to save your eye and vision. Read more...
Your Car! The safest home remedy is to grab your car keys and head to the nearest retina surgeon! retinal detachments do not spontaneously repair themselves. Imagine the wallpaper in your house suddenly peeling off one wall. It will not suddenly pull itself back up and glue itself to the wall. Similarly, once the retina is off, it will stay off and vision loss can become permanent within a few hours. Read more...
Surgery now! If your retina is detached, time is vision! The sooner your retina is repaired the more likely you are to regain vision lost, or prevent permanent vision loss. Not every detachment is the same. Some retinal detachments can be fixed with an in-office procedure. Don't delay! There are no home remedies. Read more...