Retinal Detachment


Retinal detachment occurs when the retina, the thin layer of nerve tissue that lines the back of the eye, becomes separated from its underlying support. Retinal detachment is a serious condition that can lead to long-term vision impairment. If you think that you might have retinal detachment, you should see an eye doctor immediately. There are treatment options to repair damage associated with Retinal Detachment, as well as prevent further damage. Retinal Detachment can be progressive and change quickly, so it is best to be seen as soon as possible if you are having vision problems. Please book an assessment at Louie Eyecare Centre right away. We have access to get in touch directly with emergency retinal centers and can bypass a wait in the emergency rooms. Ocular health exams for these types of conditions are covered by Alberta Health Care for all ages, so there is no charge to the patient for these types of exams. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for the best possible outcome.



  • Sudden onset of floaters (tiny specks or strings in your vision)
  • Flashes of light
  • A sense that the curtain or veil is being pulled over part of your vision
  • Blurred vision in part of your field of view


If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see an eye care professional right away. Retinal detachment can happen suddenly, but it also can progress slowly over time. Sometimes these detachments happen without any symptoms, so it is recommended to have regular eye exams even if you are not noticing any vision or ocular health changes. Yearly eye exams are recommended for those under 19 and over 65, at least every 2 years for those 19-64. There are also certain health conditions that may necessitate more frequent ocular health checks, such as diabetes and hypertension.



Retinal detachment is most commonly caused by a break in the retina, called a retinal tear. These tears can occur as a result of trauma to the eye but more commonly occur idiopathically (with no specific cause). Having high myopia (a prescription of -6.00 or higher minus) is associated with higher risk than having a lower prescription or hyperopia (a prescription with + power).  In some cases, retinal detachment can be caused by other conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy or uveitis.


If you think that you might be experiencing retinal detachment, you should contact us at Louie Eyecare Centre. We can conduct an eye exam and provide you with treatment options for your condition at no cost, as these types of exams are covered by Alberta Health Care. Book an appointment today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can request a specific eye doctor for your eye exam, subject to availability.

Yes, an eye exam can detect if you have a concussion by testing eye movement and visual tracking.

Yes, an eye exam can detect colour blindness.

Yes, an eye exam can detect the need for vision therapy to improve vision skills such as tracking, eye teaming, and focusing.

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A comprehensive eye exam is a more in-depth assessment of your visual health that includes testing for eye diseases, while a vision screening is a quick assessment of your visual acuity.