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Retinal Detachment

Retinal Detachment - Causes and Risk Factors

What causes retinal detachment? 

Retinal detachment occurs after a tear in the retina develops, allowing fluid to seep under the retina and detaching it from the wall of the eye. Over time, the detachment may cause part of the retina to lose contact with its blood supply and stop functioning. This is when you lose your vision.

Who is at risk of retinal detachment?

Your risk of retinal detachment increases if you:

  1. Are over 40 years old
  2. Have had retinal detachment in one eye previously
  3. Have myopia (short-sightedness)
  4. Have a family history of retinal detachment
  5. Have had any recent eye surgery (e.g. cataract surgery)
  6. Have sustained eye injuries or trauma 

Retinal Detachment - Preparing for surgery

Retinal Detachment - Post-surgery care

Retinal Detachment - Other Information

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