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The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. It provides the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. A retinal detachment lifts or pulls the retina from its normal position. It can occur at any age, but it is more common in people over age 40. It affects men more than women and whites more than African Americans. A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people who

  • Are extremely nearsighted
  • Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
  • Have a family history of retinal detachment
  • Have had cataract surgery
  • Have other eye diseases or disorders
  • Have had an eye injury

Symptoms include an increase in the number of floaters, which are little "cobwebs" or specks that float about in your field of vision, and/or light flashes in the eye. It may also seem like there is a "curtain" over your field of vision.

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  1. Retinal Detachment (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. A retinal detachment lifts or pulls the retina from its normal ... women and whites more than African Americans. A retinal detachment is also more likely to occur in people ...
  2. Retinal Detachment From the National Institutes of Health (National Eye Institute)  
    ... Retinal Detachment » Facts About Retinal Detachment Facts About Retinal Detachment This information was developed by the National Eye ... More information View Eye Health Organizations and more. Retinal Detachment Defined What is retinal detachment? The retina is ...
  3. Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina? (Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology)  
    ... Eyes & the Sun Eye Health News Consumer Alerts Retinal Detachment: What Is a Torn or Detached Retina? Tweet ... stars.” These are called flashes. Retinal tear and retinal detachment Usually, the vitreous moves away from the retina ...
  4. Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Treatment (American Academy of Ophthalmology)  
    ... Eyes & the Sun Eye Health News Consumer Alerts Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Treatment Tweet A retinal ... Detached Retina Diagnosis Torn Or Detached Retina Treatment Retinal Detachment Vision Simulator Torn retina surgery Most retinal tears ...
  5. Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Diagnosis (American Academy of Ophthalmology)  
    ... Eyes & the Sun Eye Health News Consumer Alerts Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Diagnosis Tweet Your ophthalmologist can diagnose retinal tear or retinal detachment during an eye examination where he or she ...
  6. Retinal Detachment Vision Simulator (American Academy of Ophthalmology)  
    ... Eyes & the Sun Eye Health News Consumer Alerts Retinal Detachment Vision Simulator Tweet How does a detached or ... the more advanced the condition. Related Diseases & Conditions Retinal Detachment Eye Health Lifestyle Topics Preventing Eye Injuries Healthy ...
  7. Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Symptoms (American Academy of Ophthalmology)  
    ... Eyes & the Sun Eye Health News Consumer Alerts Retinal Detachment: Torn or Detached Retina Symptoms Tweet Symptoms of a retinal tear and a retinal detachment can include the following: • A sudden increase in ...
  8. JAMA Patient Page: Retinal Detachment (American Medical Association) - PDF  
    JAMA PATIENT PAGE Retinal Detachment CROSS SECTION V I T R E O U S Optic nerve Retinal vessel Pupil Iris Lens Cornea Retina (detached) ... the nerve connecting the eye to the brain). Retinal detachment is the separation of the retina from the ...
  9. Retinal detachment is a separation of the light-sensitive membrane (retina) in the back of the eye from ... and the lens. The most common type of retinal detachments are often due to a tear or hole ...
  10. ... up to a 19 Times Greater Risk of Retinal Detachment Later in Life 11/07/2013 06:00: ... up to a 19 times greater risk of retinal detachment later in life than peers born at term, ...
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