Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is where the thin layer of cells that lines the inside of the back of the eye (retina) develops a tear and starts to lose its adhesion to its blood supply. The retina then ceases to function and urgent surgery is indicated to re-attach it to prevent permanent visual loss. If a retinal tear is addressed early it can be lasered closed before detachment occurs, protecting the eye from visual loss. Symptoms of flashing lights and floaters in the vision should always be reviewed urgently with an ophthalmologist.