A detached retina is a serious and sight-threatening event, occurring when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached. And unless the retina is reattached soon, it may result in a permanent loss of vision.
If you suddenly notice spots, floaters and flashes of light like a lightning storm, you may be experiencing the warning signs of a detached retina. Your vision might become blurry, or you might have poor vision. Another sign is seeing a shadow or a curtain descending from the top of the eye or across from the side.
These signs can occur gradually or they may occur suddenly if the retina detaches immediately. Other risk factors are nearsightedness, previous cataract surgery, glaucoma, severe injury, previous retinal detachment in your other eye, family history of retinal detachment, and weak areas in the retina that can be seen by your eye care professional. No pain is associated with retinal detachment. If you experience any of the above symptoms, consult the experts at Albemarle Eye Center right away. Immediate treatment increases your odds of regaining lost vision.