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What is a detached retina?
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Jack Sipperley
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jack Sipperley
Dr. Jack Sipperley
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Dr. Mark Michels
Ophthalmology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Michels
Dr. Mark Michels
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