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Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment

A retinal detachment is a serious and sight-threatening event, occurring when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached. And unless the retina is reattached soon, permanent vision loss may result.

The retina is the back inner surface of the eye that relays visual information to the brain. When the retina separates from its supporting underlying tissue, this is known as a retinal detachment.

If you suddenly notice spots, floaters and flashes of light, you may be experiencing the warning signs of a detached retina. Your vision might become blurry, or you might have poor vision. Another sign is seeing a shadow or a curtain descending from the top of the eye or across from the side.

These signs can occur gradually as the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue, or they may occur suddenly if the retina detaches immediately.

At Outlook Eye Centre we now offer optomapĀ® Ultra-Wide Digital Retinal Imaging which allows Shannon to detect any areas of the retina that are thinner or weaker and which may lead to a future retinal detachment.

There is no pain is associated with retinal detachment. If you experience any of these signs please call us at Outlook Eye Centre immediately.

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