The initial symptoms are usually floaters and flashes in the eye. Floaters are dots or lines that you may see moving or floating in your field of vision. New onset floaters or an increase in floaters are of concern. Flashes are the sensation of flashing lights or lightning streaks in your field of vision. Another concerning symptom is the appearance of a "curtain" or dark shadow blocking part of or your entire field of vision.
A retinal detachment is a medical emergency. If you experience these symptoms suggestive of a retinal detachment, you should see an ophthalmologist immediately. If too much time lapses, the chances of successfully repairing the retina through surgery will be lower, and you may develop permanent vision loss.
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