How do I know if I have retinal detachment, and what are the risk factors associated with this condition?

There are many conditions that can develop and impact one’s vision health. The same is true for retinal detachment. Patients who are noticing flashes in their vision, an increase in floaters, and a curtain effect of vision loss will need to visit an ophthalmologist as soon as possible for an evaluation to check for retinal detachment.

Understanding retinal detachment

First and foremost, patients who understand the biology and structure of the eyes will have a better understanding of how retinal detachment occurs. The retina is a unique layer of tissue that is located at the back of the eyeball. It senses light that enters into the eye and is responsible for sending images to the brain for our vision. If the retina shrinks or pulls from the back of the eye during retinal attachment, patients may experience changes to their vision or experience permanent vision loss.

Who is at risk of retinal detachment?

Retinal detachment is a condition that can impact anyone, though it is more commonly seen in patients over the age of 40. It typically affects men more than women, and is more common in Caucasian adults. Individuals may be at an increased risk for retinal detachment if they have:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Have had retinal detachment in the past
  • Experience small retinal breaks and tears
  • Have a family history or retinal detachment
  • Have other eye disorders including lattice degeneration or degenerative myopia
  • Have had cataract surgery

Learn more about retinal detachment with the team of North Suburban Eye Associates, PC

Patients in the areas of Massachusetts who are worried about retinal detachment are encouraged to have routine eye examinations with the ophthalmologists of North Suburban Eye Associates, PC. We are committed to helping patients at any one of our four practice locations throughout the area. If you are interested in learning more about retinal detachment, or believe you may be experiencing retinal detachment, we urge you to contact our practice by calling our main line at (781) 245-5200 and scheduling an appointment. We accept new and current patients at any one of our state-of-the-art practices.

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