Detached Retina

The retina lines the back of the eye, much like the film of a camera. Overlying the retina is a gel called ‘vitreous’. Not uncommonly the vitreous may contract and pull away from the retina. In doing so it may tear a hole in the retina leading to the retina detaching from the back of the eye. Untreated this may blind the eye.

Detached Retina

Risk factors for a retinal detachment can include:

  • Short-sightedness (myopia)
  • Family history
  • Previous retinal detachment
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Increasing age



Symptoms include:

  • Sudden onset of light flashes and floaters in one eye
  • A shadow, veil or curtain over part of your vision
  • “Wavy” or “watery” vision
  • Shower of floaters that resemble spots, bugs, or spider webs
  • Sudden loss of vision

If you have any of these symptoms you should see an ophthalmologist.