What is retinal detachment?

A retinal detachment is, in many cases, a medical emergency and needs to be assessed as soon as possible by your ophthalmologist (eye doctor).

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the inside of the eye, rather like wallpaper peeling off a damp wall. The retina needs to be attached to the back of the eye to survive and work properly, so if a retinal detachment is not detected and treated quickly it may result in the loss of some or all the vision in your eye.

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