Retinal detachment is often referred to as detached retina or a retinal tear. It is also a medical emergency. Time is critical when retinal detachment occurs. The detached retina must be immediately reattached through surgery or there will be loss of vision in the affected eye.
What is does a retina do? The retina is the membrane that lies against the back wall of the eye. This light sensitive tissue is responsible for sending images through electrical impulses to the brain.