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Retinal Detachment - Causes and Risk Factors

What causes retinal detachment?

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

Who is at risk of retinal detachment?

Your risk 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 eye surgery (e.g. cataract surgery)
  6. Have sustained eye injuries or trauma in the past

Retinal Detachment - Preparing for surgery

Retinal Detachment - Post-surgery care

Retinal Detachment - Other Information

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