What are the symptoms of retinal detachment?
- Flashes of light in the eye
- A sudden increase in the number of floaters in one eye – it might look like there’s a cobweb across your vision
- Appearance of a curtain coming across your vision – this could mean the retina is detaching
Without early treatment, retinal detachment could lead to permanent vision loss in the affected eye. So if you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important that you see an eyecare professional as soon as possible.
What help is available?
If your optometrist suspects that you have a retinal detachment, they will refer you to the hospital, immediately, or to see a specialist for further investigation.
Treatment will normally depend on the extent of the detachment or tear. There are a number of surgical procedures that involve sealing any tears, reducing the pull on the retina, or moving it back into position for reattachment. Your optometrist or ophthalmologist will be able to talk you through treatment options in more detail.
The earlier a retinal detachment can be treated, the greater the chances of restoring good vision. That’s why regular eye tests are so important. If you have any concerns about any symptoms you’re experiencing, come in and see us as soon as possible.
*Free exam for AA Members applies to standard eye examinations only, normally valued at $60. Excludes contact lens examination and visual field checks. Limited to one per AA Member every two years. Available to current AA Members upon presentation of AA Membership card.