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is when your retina separates from the back of your eye. The retina is the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of your eye. It captures light and sends messages to the brain. Retinal detachment usually happens in 1 eye but may happen in both.
Common symptoms include the following:
Symptoms usually happen suddenly. You may have any of the following:
- Seeing floaters, such as spots, cobwebs, strings, or specks
- Seeing flashes of light
- A dark or blind spot in the center of your vision
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a sudden change in your vision or loss of vision.
- You have eye pain.
- You see more floaters or flashes of light than usual.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Treatment for retinal detachment
is often immediate surgery to reattach your retina. There are many types of surgery for retinal detachment. Talk to your healthcare provider about which eye surgery is right for you.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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