The eye is complex and can be damaged in so many other ways.
Let’s talk about retinal detachment, a severe sight-threatening illness that affects one in 300 people. Patients must understand the early warnings to treat it early.
What Is the Retina?
The retina is a layer of light-sensitive tissue located in the back of the eye. It’s what collects images and sends them to the brain, and it’s made up of ten separate layers and a network of specialized cells called rods and cones. The retinal pigment epithelium, which also serves as a filter and a support system for the rods and cones, attaches it to the rear of the eye.
How Can the Retina Detach?
Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye. In most cases, this occurs when a hole forms in the retina, and fluid from the eye begins to accumulate in between its layers, pushing it out from the back of the eye. It can also occur as a result of trauma, infection, or a complication after eye surgery. This is a major medical issue that must be addressed as soon as possible. If not repaired, it might result in permanent eyesight loss.
Risk Factors of Retinal Detachment
Some persons are more likely than others to have a retinal detachment. Because the fluid in our eyes diminishes over time, age is the greatest risk factor. It can be enough to cause a microscopic tear in the retina on its own. Other risk factors are:
- An existing history of retinal detachment in one or both eyes
- Extreme nearsightedness
- Marfan’s syndrome
- Cataract removal (particularly if it didn’t include replacing the lens)
- A contact sports injury (also a risk with activities like paintball)
Recognize the Symptoms of Retinal Detachment
Pain is the body’s primary red flag when something is wrong. Retinal detachment, on the other hand, is typically painless. If you suffer any of the following symptoms, especially if you suffer multiple, you should see an eye doctor right away.
- Sudden flashes of light, particularly when moving your eyes
- A dramatic increase in the number of floaters visible in one eye
- A heavy feeling in one eye
- Something like a shadow spreading from the peripheral vision inward
- A sensation like a curtain falling over the field of vision
- Straight lines looking curved
Routine Eye Exams Will Save Your Vision!
Regular visits to an ophthalmologist are essential for detecting eye disorders in their earliest, most curable stages. This is particularly true about retinal detachment. Therefore, until your next consultation, continue to take care of your eyes by consuming nutritious foods, remaining active, and wearing protective eyewear and UV-blocking sunglasses!
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