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

The primary symptom of myopia is difficulty seeing objects at a distance, such as road signs or chalkboards. Other symptoms may include eyestrain, headaches, squinting, and needing to sit closer to screens or books to see clearly.

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is an eye condition where distant objects appear blurry, while close objects can be seen clearly. It occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea’s curvature is too steep, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it.

The corneal curve is measured using a technique called corneal topography. This non-invasive procedure creates a detailed map of the corneal surface, showing its curvature and any irregularities. During the test, you may be asked to focus on a target, and a specialized instrument captures images of the cornea’s shape. The data obtained from corneal topography aids in assessing tear film stability, identifying areas of potential dryness, and assisting in the diagnosis and management of dry eye.

Yes, the corneal curve can provide insights into the severity of dry eye. An uneven corneal surface can disrupt the tear film, leading to dryness and discomfort. Specialized tests, such as corneal topography, evaluate the curvature of the cornea and its impact on tear distribution. Changes in the corneal curve, along with other clinical assessments, help eye care professionals determine the severity of dry eye and tailor appropriate treatment strategies.

The curve on the front of the eye, known as the cornea, plays a crucial role in dry eye detection. Changes in the corneal surface can affect tear distribution and stability, leading to dry eye symptoms. Optometrists and ophthalmologists use advanced imaging techniques to analyze the corneal curvature and its changes over time. This helps detect dry eye by identifying irregularities that can contribute to tear film instability and ocular discomfort.

The MYAH is a versatile tool that does many things. It measures the length of your eye, checks the shape of your cornea, looks at how your pupil responds to light, and analyzes how light behaves on the front surface of your eye. It can image the meibomian gland structure and tear film height. It’s also helpful for finding the right kind of contact lenses. The MYAH helps keep track of how your eye changes over time, measures your eye’s focusing power, and shows any differences in the shape of your cornea between visits. It can also show how light might be causing some blurriness. So, it’s like a really useful tool for understanding your eye health and helping you get the best lenses if you need them.