What are the warning signs of a detached retina?

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the warning signs of a detached retina?

Warning signs of a detached retina can include the presence of bright flashes of light in your vision (like an on/off light flash, an arc of light flash, or a zig-zag of light flash), the presence of new floaters or, loss of part of your peripheral vision. If you notice any changes in your vision, it’s important to book an eye exam with your local eye doctor. Early detection and treatment are key to preserving your vision.

Vision Loss

A detached retina can lead to partial or complete vision loss in the affected eye if not treated promptly. The detachment interrupts the retina’s ability to process light, impairing vision.

Floaters and Flashes

One common side effect is the sudden appearance of floaters—small specks that seem to float in your field of vision. You may also experience flashing lights, especially in your peripheral vision.

Blurry or Hazy Vision

You may notice that your vision becomes blurry or hazy. Objects might appear distorted, or straight lines may look bent or wavy.

Shadowy Curtain Effect

A detached retina can create a shadowy effect, almost as if a curtain is being drawn over your field of vision. This effect may progress, covering larger areas of your vision as the detachment increases.

Eye Strain and Discomfort

Though less common, some people report feeling eye strain or discomfort. However, retinal detachment is generally painless.

Rapid Progression

If left untreated, the symptoms can progress rapidly, leading to permanent vision loss. Immediate medical attention is crucial to mitigate the long-term effects.

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