A retinal detachment occurs when the retina is peeled away from the supportive tissues beneath it. Initially, the detachment may be localized to a small area in which your vision may not be affected. If left untreated, the entire retina may detach leading to complete vision loss. A retinal detachment is a true medical emergency, as timely intervention is key in preserving your vision.
While it is common to note a few floaters or spots in your vision, one has to be aware of the potential seriousness of their symptoms. It is important to be able to differentiate a normal change from what is potentially a very serious emergency.
Signs of a retinal detachment may include:
- An increase in the number of floaters
- An increase in the size of the floaters
- Flashes of light
- A curtain or veil like structure covering part of your side vision
- A shadow moving upward, downward, or across your vision
- Decrease in your vision not associated with any pain
If you or someone you know is currently experiencing any of these symptoms, call one of our offices immediately and talk to a professional.