What causes retinal tears?Retinal tears occur when the gel-like vitreous in the eye becomes more liquid and exerts an abnormal pull on the retina.
What puts me at risk of retinal tears?If you have high degree myopia (short-sightedness), you could have a higher risk of retinal detachment due to thinning of the retina predisposing to the development of holes or tears.
Family history may contribute to the risk. Another risk factor is post-surgery for cataracts.
Regular eye examinations can pick up problems early. With prompt treatment, a torn retina can be fixed before full retinal detachment occurs.
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