Know the Early Warning Signs of Retinal Detachment

Submitted by Elman Retina Group on June 24, 2021

Retinal detachment describes the separation of the retina from the inner back wall of the eye. It is considered a medical emergency, and if left untreated, can cause complete blindness.

Early detection of retinal detachment is crucial to preserve eyesight. According to the doctors of Elman Retina Group, everyone should be aware of the early signs of retinal detachment — particularly those who are at greater risk of getting the condition. Read on to learn whether you are one of them.Retinal Detachment Infographic

Signs that Suggest a Problem

Retinal detachment is a painless condition, but it usually causes noticeable visual cues.

For instance, the sudden appearance of floaters, or objects that appear to drift through the visual field, can indicate that retinal detachment may occur. Everyone notices the occasional floater, but a dramatic increase in the number or size of floaters suggests that the retina may have developed a small hole or tear and, without intervention, could detach. These floaters may occur on their own or in conjunction with what appears to be flashing or flickering lights (sometimes referred to as “flashes”).

Some people with retinal detachment notice a dark or gray curtain-like shadow that appears to move over their field of vision.

A decline in peripheral (side) vision, or vision so blurry that it is hard to focus on an object or person, can also suggest retinal detachment.

Are You at Risk for Retinal Detachment?

One of the primary risk factors for retinal detachment is age. Because of changes that naturally occur in the eye as it ages, the condition is more common in adults over the age of 50. However, please note that retinal detachments could occur at any age.

Retinal detachment is also more likely to affect those with one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of retinal detachment
  • Previous traumatic eye injury
  • Having a history of a retinal detachment in the other eye

Early Detection Can Save Your Sight

Retinal detachments should always be taken seriously. However, when caught early and treated by a knowledgeable retina doctor, vision can be saved.

If you experience any early warning signs that suggest retinal detachment, the team at Elman Retina Group is ready to help. We encourage you to schedule an evaluation with our experienced doctors so we can examine your retina closely.

We may discover that your retina has detached, or that you have a small retinal tear or hole that could lead to detachment. Whatever the diagnosis, we can recommend appropriate treatment to promptly repair the problem and offer you the best chances at preserving your eyesight.

To request a consultation with the doctors at Elman Retina Group, please call or email our practice today.