Are you surprised, don’t be. There are eye emergencies that if nothing is done, blindness results with time.
Retina Detachment is one of such.
It can occur in any age but mostly common in people over 40 years of age.
– Are extremely nearsighted
-Have had a retinal detachment in the other eye
– Have a family history of retinal detachment
– Have had cataract surgery.
– Have other eye diseases or disorders, such as retinoschisis, uveitis, degenerative myopia, or lattice degeneration.
– Have had an eye injury.
The first warning sign is a sudden onset of frequent flashes like cartoon lightning streaks and
or sudden or gradual increase in either the number of floaters, which are little “cobwebs” or specks that float about in one’s field.
Also, a appearance of curtain over the field of vision,
Darkening of peripheral (side)vision,
And then reduced vision.
By the way, Retina is a layer at the back of the eyeball containing cells that are sensitive to light and that trigger nerve impulses that pass via the optic nerve to the brain, where a visual image is formed.
Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which a thin layer of tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from its normal position.
The longer retinal detachment goes untreated, the greater your risk of permanent vision loss in the affected eye so early diagnosis and treatment is essential. Without it, a torn retina can cause the entire retina to detach from the back of the eye, causing loss of sight. This might take weeks, but it can happen in a matter of days or even few hours.
See an ophthalmologist ASAP!
Pay attention to your eyes especially if you fall in the risk bracket, pay attention to others when they complain about their EYES.
Till next post, take care of your eyes.