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What is a retinal detachment?

Retina is a thin layer of tissue that lines the inside of an eye. A retinal detachment occurs when a part of the retina peels away from the eye. The underlying tissue no longer gets oxygen and nourishment to survive which can affect the vision permanently. 

What are the signs of a retinal detachment?

The major signs or a retinal detachment are flashing lights, floaters or black spots in the eye, a curtain over the vision, blurry vision or a shadow over the vision. Some people have a combination of all the signs together! An ocular migraine can cause similar symptoms but because a retinal detachment can be very serious it is important to get your eyes examined immediately by our Stoney Creek eye doctors if you have any of the above signs. 

Who is at risk?

Everyone is at risk but some people are at a higher risk. People that have a family history of a retinal detachment or have a high myopic (nearsightedness) prescription are more at risk. Sometimes retinal detachment can happen after an eye injury or a severe blow to the head. 

Please contact Perception Eyecare by phone at (289) 309 -1090 or email us at [email protected] to schedule an eye exam at our Stoney Creek Optometry office.

Written by Dr. Jasjeet Shinger

Dr. Jasjeet Shinger has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and completed her Doctorate of Optometry with honours at the University of Waterloo. While attaining her Doctorate in Optometry, Dr. Shinger worked with a binocular vision and pediatric specialist during her clinical externship, which helped her gain a keen interest in helping patients manage binocular vision deficiencies that can affect learning.
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