A detached retina can lead to blindness if it is not treated quickly. The retina is a layer of tissue at the back of your eye which processes light. It needs a healthy supply of blood in order to stay healthy and do its job properly.
In the case of a detached retina, the retina is pulled out of place from the tissue that surrounds it. In this case, it can’t do its job and the lack of oxygen means it could die, leading to permanent loss of vision in the eye unless it is treated right away.
What are the symptoms of a detached retina?
Some people have no symptoms at all. Others might notice some strange signs, but think they are not that big of a deal and will go away on their own. However, since the clock is ticking when it comes to a detached retina, it’s important to know the signs. They can include:
- Flashes of light
- Seeing a lot of new “floaters,” small flecks or threads in your line of vision
- A darkening or loss of your peripheral vision, that is, being able to see on either side of yourself as well as straight ahead
- A jagged line or other item in your line of sight that has no cause, such as hair in your eye and so on
A number of things can cause your retina to tear or detach. These include:
- Being severely nearsighted, because the shape of the eye can cause it to thin, tear or detach
- An eye injury
- Cataract surgery
- A sports injury
- Physical exertion that causes you to strain
- The aging eye
If you experience any of these symptoms in conjunction with these events, see an eye doctor right away. They have a range of treatments that can help, and most can be done right in the office on an outpatient basis. Once you are over age 40, be sure to check in regularly with your doctor in relation to the health of your aging eyes.