Retinal tears are painless. Some symptoms include seeing an increased number of floaters and flashes, and decreased vision.
Floaters are small, moving spots in the field of view and can even be seen when the eyes are closed. A sudden increase in number or size of floaters may suggest a retinal tear.
Flashes, the seeing of a bright light in your field of vision, is also a possible sign of a retinal tear. This happens when the vitreous pulls on the retina and causes a bright visual response.
Retinal tears can progress to a more serious stage when retinal detachments occur. Early detection of retinal tears is essential to prevent the problem from worsening.
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