Retinal detachment involves detachment of the retina from the inner wall of the eyeball. The symptoms often include flashes in the eye, followed by the appearance of a “curtain being drawn” over the eye. This usually begins in a limited area and then increases in extent during the subsequent days and weeks. It is possible that a previous posterior vitreous detachment has caused a hole in the retina. Retinal detachment is more common in short-sighted people (myopia), and people who have previously undergone surgery for, for example, cataract.
Treatment of retinal detachment is by surgery, in which the retina is reattached. The procedure is usually carried out in local anaesthesia and has a very high success rate. NB! Always seek emergency medical aid in the event of symptoms suggestive of retinal detachment.
Updated: May 10, 2017