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    Retinal detachment

    A retinal detachment is an eye emergency and must be treated as soon as possible.

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    Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye. The retina needs to be attached to the back of the eye to survive and work properly.

    A retinal detachment is an emergency and needs to be assessed and treated as soon as possible.

    You have an increased risk of retinal detachment if you are over the age of 50, have a family history of retinal detachment or you are highly short sighted.

    You’re also at risk if you’ve had:

    • previous eye surgery, for example, cataract removal
    • trauma directly to the eye
    • history of retinal detachment
    • previous peripheral retinal degeneration or tears.

    This fact sheet covers the causes of retinal detachment, symptoms and treatment options. It is available to preview online or download. We can also send you a free printed fact sheet.