The inner back wall of the eye is called the retina. Its purpose is to collect light and transmit messages to the optic nerve and brain. If the retina separates from this back wall, it is called a retinal detachment.
A retinal detachment is an ocular emergency that could potentially lead to permanent vision loss. A retinal detachment is a tearing or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue. Several factors may case a detachment. An eye injury, near-sighted individuals, cataract surgery, or diabetic retinopathy to name a few. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, flashes of light, sudden onset floaters, or a shadow in your vision. Depending on the severity of the detachment treatments vary, but early detection in all cases is vital. The doctors at Montana Eyecare are on call 24/7/365.
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