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Retinal Detachment

Overview of Retinal Detachment

This is a pulling away of the retina from the inner surface of your eye. It severely impairs your vision. Without proper treatment, this vision loss can become permanent.

Anatomy of Retinal Detachment

The retina is a light-sensitive layer of cells. It lines the inner side of the rear of the eye. It contains special cells that convert light into signals that are transmitted to your brain. Beneath the retina is a layer of tissue called the choroid. It contains blood vessels that nourish the retina.

What Causes Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment can develop as a result of aging. As you get older, the gel-like fluid in your eyes, called "vitreous," can begin to shrink and contract. This fluid can pull against the retina, causing a tear. A tear allows fluid to get behind the retina, separating it from the choroid. Retinal detachment can also be caused by an injury to your eye or face. It can develop as a complication of certain diseases or conditions.

Retinal Detachment Symptoms

If you have a detached retina, you may see objects floating in your field of vision. Part of your visual field may be blocked. You may see flashes of light. These symptoms can develop suddenly.

Treatment of Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is an emergency situation. Seek medical help as quickly as possible. There are a variety of techniques that can be used to repair a detached retina. Your healthcare provider can create a care plan that is right for your needs.

Careers at ECVA

Four Western New York Offices

Elmwood Village

Map and directions to the Elmwood Village office of Eye Care & Vision Associates, Buffalo, NY

932 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
P: 716.884.0880
F: 716.884.0811


Map and directions to the Orchard Park office of Eye Care & Vision Associates, Buffalo, NY

200 Sterling Dr., Suite 300
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: 716.648.5329
F: 716.648.3185

Niagara Falls

Map and directions to the Niagara Falls office of Eye Care & Vision Associates, Buffalo, NY

6917 Plaza Drive
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
P: 716.731.6434
F: 716.731.6439


Map and directions to the Williamsville office of Eye Care & Vision Associates, Buffalo, NY

811 Maple Road
Buffalo, NY 14221
P: 716.631.8888
F: 716.204.1050